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The External Wealth of Nations Mark II: Revised and Extended Estimates of Foreign Assets and Liabilities, 1970-2004

Author/Editor: Lane, Philip R. | Milesi-Ferretti, Gian Maria
Authorized for Distribution: March 1, 2006
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Summary: We construct estimates of external assets and liabilities for 145 countries for the period 1970-2004. We describe our estimation methods and present key features of the data at the country and the global level. We focus on trends in net and gross external positions, and the composition of international portfolios, distinguishing between foreign direct investment, portfolio equity investment, official reserves, and external debt. We document the increasing importance of equity financing and the improvement in the external position for emerging markets, and the differing pace of financial integration between advanced and developing economies. We also show the existence of a global discrepancy between estimated foreign assets and liabilities, and identify the asset categories that account for this discrepancy.
 
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Series: Working Paper No. 06/69
Subject(s): Financial assets | Foreign investment | External debt | Reserves
Author's keyword(s): International financial integration | net foreign assets
Notes: Link to updated and extended dataset (1970-2007) (Zip file size 961KB)
 
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    Published:   March 1, 2006        
    ISBN/ISSN:   0 / 1934-7073   Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA2006069   Pages:   50
    Price:   US$15.00 (Academic Rate: US$15.00 )
       
     
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