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International Diversification and the Irish Economy


  • Philip Lane


We take an initial step in investigating the international diverisfication of Irish production risk. We find evidence that Ireland displays some properties associated with international risk sharing. These include: high cross stocks of foreign assets and liabilities; high international consumption correlations relative to output correlations; and procyclical behaviour of the rate of return on net external liabilities.

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  • Philip Lane, 1998. "International Diversification and the Irish Economy," Economics Technical Papers 9811, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:tcd:tcduet:9811

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    1. Philip Lane, 2003. "The Macroeconomics of International Financial Trade," The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series iiisdp013, IIIS.
    2. Agustin S. Benetrix, 2015. "International Risk Sharing and the Irish Economy," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 46(1), pages 29-49.
    3. Sorensen, Bent E. & Wu, Yi-Tsung & Yosha, Oved & Zhu, Yu, 2007. "Home bias and international risk sharing: Twin puzzles separated at birth," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 26(4), pages 587-605, June.
    4. Feldstein, Martin, 2001. "Economic Problems of Ireland in Europe - incorporating 2 other Papers The Cost and Distribution of Tax Expenditure on Occupational Pensions in Ireland by G Hughes and The National Pensions Reserve Fun," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number GLS31.
    5. Lane, Philip R., 2003. "Financial Globalisation and the Irish Economy," Quarterly Economic Commentary: Special Articles, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), vol. 2003(1-Spring), pages 1-10.

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    JEL classification:

    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics


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