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Consumption Smoothing Across States and Time: International Insurance vs. Foreign Loans

  • von Furstenberg, George M.

When countries, and macroeconomic models, open up to international capital markets, the welfare gains available through completion of financial markets for contingencies potentially are much greater than those available from access to noncontingent international borrowing. Intercasual insurance, reducing exposure to differences in contingent future cases, and not intertemporal smoothing between now and then is the big story in open economies although the two must be told together.

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Paper provided by Deutsche Bundesbank, Research Centre in its series Discussion Paper Series 1: Economic Studies with number 2004,13.

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