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(Why) Should Current Account Balances Be Reduced?


  • Gian M Milesi-Ferretti
  • Olivier J Blanchard


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  • Gian M Milesi-Ferretti & Olivier J Blanchard, 2011. "(Why) Should Current Account Balances Be Reduced?," IMF Staff Discussion Notes 11/03, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfsdn:11/03

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    1. Ricardo J Caballero & Guido Lorenzoni, 2014. "Persistent Appreciations and Overshooting: A Normative Analysis," IMF Economic Review, Palgrave Macmillan;International Monetary Fund, vol. 62(1), pages 1-47, April.
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