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Demography, national savings and international capital flows

  • Matthew Higgins
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    This paper addresses the relationship between age distributions, national savings and the current account balance. The results point to substantial demographic effects, with increases in both the youth and old-age dependency ratios associated with lower savings rates. They also point to differential effects on savings and investment, and thus to a role for demography in determining the current account balance. The estimated demographic effect on the current account balance exceeds six percent of GDP over the last three decades for a number of countries and, given expected demographic trends, is likely to be substantially larger over the coming decades.

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    Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of New York in its series Staff Reports with number 34.

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    Date of creation: 1997
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    Handle: RePEc:fip:fednsr:34
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