Does Fiscal Policy Matter for the Trade Account? A Panel Cointegration Study

Author/Editor:

Christiane Nickel ; Katja Funke

Publication Date:

June 1, 2006

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Summary:

This paper analyzes the empirical relationship between fiscal policy and the trade account. Research prior to this paper did not consider that the components of private and public demand in the import demand equation exhibit different elasticities. Using pooled mean group estimation for annual panel data of the G-7 countries for the years 1970 through 2002, we provide empirical evidence that the composition of overall demand-i.e., the distribution among public demand, private demand, and export demand-has an impact on the magnitude of the trade account deficit.

Series:

Working Paper No. 06/147

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

June 1, 2006

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451864076/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2006147

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

27

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