Fiscal Policy and the Current Account

Author/Editor:

International Monetary Fund

Publication Date:

May 1, 2010

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Summary:

This paper examines the relationship between fiscal policy and the current account, drawing on a larger country sample than in previous studies and using panel regressions, vector autoregressions, and an analysis of large fiscal and external adjustments. On average, a strengthening in the fiscal balance by 1 percentage point of GDP is associated with a current account improvement of 0.2–0.3 percentage point of GDP. This association is as strong in emerging and low-income countries as it is in advanced economies; and significantly higher when output is above potential.

Series:

Working Paper No. 10/121

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

May 1, 2010

ISBN/ISSN:

9781455200801/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2010121

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

30

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