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The Japanese Trade Balance: Recent History and Future Prospects

  • David K. Backus

I examine the evolution of the Japanese trade balance and its relation to the terms of trade and the value of the yen. Using a vector time series model, I predict that the trade surplus will fall from a high of 3.7 percent of GNP in late 1992 to about 2.6 percent in 1995. This relatively modest decline is an indication that relative prices are not the dominant factor influencing the Japanese trade balance.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 4553.

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Date of creation: Nov 1993
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Publication status: published as Japan and the World Economy 10, (1998): 409-420.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:4553
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  1. David K. Backus & Patrick J. Kehoe & Finn E. Kydland, 1992. "Dynamics of the trade balance and the terms of trade: the S-curve," Working Paper 9211, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
  2. Holger C. Wolf & Alberto Giovannini & Jose De Gregorio, 1994. "International Evidenceon Tradables and Nontradables Inflation," IMF Working Papers 94/33, International Monetary Fund.
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