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The Global Side of the Investments-Savings Puzzle

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  • Joseph P. Byrne
  • Giorgio Fazio
  • Norbert Fiess

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In this paper we re-examine the long standing and puzzling correlation between national savings and investment in industrial countries. We apply an econometric methodology that allows us to separate idiosyncratic correlation at the country level from correlation at the global level. In a major break with the existing literature, we find no evidence of a long run relationship in the idiosyncratic components of savings and investment. We also find that the global components in savings and investments commove, indicating that they react to shocks of a global nature.

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  • Joseph P. Byrne & Giorgio Fazio & Norbert Fiess, 2008. "The Global Side of the Investments-Savings Puzzle," Working Papers 2008_14, Business School - Economics, University of Glasgow.
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    Keywords

    Savings; Investment; Feldstein-Horioka Puzzle; Panel Nonstationarity; Principal Components.;

    JEL classification:

    • C31 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions; Social Interaction Models
    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • F32 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Current Account Adjustment; Short-term Capital Movements
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics

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