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Asymmetric Dynamics in the Current Account: Evidence from Long-Horizon Data


  • Ibrahim Chowdhury
  • Gregory Gadzinski
  • Mathias Hoffmann


This letter investigates the presence of asymmetric dynamics in the behaviour of the current account as emphasized in recent theoretical contributions. We estimate a Markov switching model for long-horizon current account to GDP data for six countries and find substantial asymmetries in the behaviour of current account dynamics.

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  • Ibrahim Chowdhury & Gregory Gadzinski & Mathias Hoffmann, 2004. "Asymmetric Dynamics in the Current Account: Evidence from Long-Horizon Data," Working Paper Series in Economics 13, University of Cologne, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:kls:series:0013

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    Current account dynamics and sustainability; Markovswitching;

    JEL classification:

    • F32 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Current Account Adjustment; Short-term Capital Movements
    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes


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