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Common and Country-specific Fluctuations in Productivity, Investment, and the Current Account

  • Allan W. Gregory
  • Allen C. Head

Dynamic factor analysis and Kalman filtering are used to construct a measure of common economic activity for the G7 countries. Common movements are important in productivity, but account for a substantially smaller share of movements in investment, and virtually none of the variation in the current accounts. For all seven countries, country-specific investment fluctuations have a significant negative impact on the current account, while country-specific productivity movements have little effect. A multi-country dynamic general equilibrium model is analyzed which is consistent with our qualitative findings. The model overstates, however, the quantitative importance of investment fluctuations for movements in the current account.

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Paper provided by Queen's University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 931.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Feb 1996
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Handle: RePEc:qed:wpaper:931
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