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Comparing Capital Mobility Across Provincial and National Borders

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  • John F. Helliwell
  • Ross McKitrick

The persistence of high savings-investment correlations and home-country bias in portfolio construction at the national level is contrasted with new evidence of savings behaviour in Canadian provinces. We confirm that national borders clearly divert flows of capital to domestic investments, but provincial borders have no such effect. In particular, while there is a significant correlation between national savings and investment, among provinces that effect disappears. We discuss the implications for interpreting the distinction between provincial and national borders.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 6624.

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Date of creation: Jun 1998
Publication status: published as John F. Helliwell & Ross McKitrick, 1999. "Comparing Capital Mobility across Provincial and National Borders," The Canadian Journal of Economics / Revue canadienne d'Economique, vol 32(5).
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:6624
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