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Current account sustainability in advanced economies

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  • Lanzafame, Matteo

This paper investigates the sustainability of current accounts in advanced economies, using a panel of 27 countries and annual data over the 1980-2008 period. We find strong evidence in favour of nonlinear but stationary current-account trajectories for 14 countries, while the remaining 13 appear to be nonstationary and, thus, unsustainable. Our analysis indicates that careful empirical modeling of current-account dynamics, particularly in relation to cross-section dependence and nonlinear behaviour, is crucial for appropriate economic policymaking.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 42384.

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Date of creation: 01 Nov 2012
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