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The Feldstein-Horioka puzzle and a new measure of international capital mobility

  • Hoffmann, M.

In intertemporal optimization models of current account dynamics, the budget constraint will induce high degrees of positive comovement in the levels of savings and investment and the two variables are likely to be cointegrated. Error correction will then also influence the correlations of the cyclical components which will therefore be uninformative about capital mobility. As an alternative we suggest a new measure of long-run capital mobility based on Johansen's (1988) procedure. We apply our method to historical British and US data and find surprisingly high levels of long-run capital mobility throughout the century.

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Paper provided by Economics Division, School of Social Sciences, University of Southampton in its series Discussion Paper Series In Economics And Econometrics with number 9916.

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