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Testing for the Sustainability of the Current Account Deficit in Two Industrial Countries

  • Jyh-lin Wu
  • Stilianos Fountas

    (Department of Economics, National University of Ireland, Galway)

  • Show-lin Chen

TThe objective of this paper is to test for the sustainability of the current account deficits in the U.S. and Canada over the 1973--1994 period. Using various unit root and cointegration tests some of which allow for structural changes, we conclude that the real current account deficits-to-GDP ratios are not sustainable.

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Paper provided by National University of Ireland Galway, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 11.

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Date of creation: 1996
Date of revision: 1996
Publication status: Published in Economics Letters Vol.52 No. 2, 1996
Handle: RePEc:nig:wpaper:0011
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