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Fiscal Policy and the Current Account

Author/Editor: Abbas, S. M. Ali | Bouhga-Hagbe, Jacques | Fatas, Antonio J. | Mauro, Paolo | Velloso, Ricardo
Authorized for Distribution: 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.
 
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Series: Working Paper No. 10/121
Subject(s): Cross country analysis | Current account | Economic models | Exchange rates | Fiscal policy | Nonoil developing countries | Oil exporting countries
Author's keyword(s): Fiscal policy | external imbalances | current account | exchange rate
 
English  
    Published:   May 1, 2010        
            Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA2010121   Pages:   30
    Price:   US$18.00 (Academic Rate: US$18.00 )
       
     
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