Consumption Smoothing Across States and Time: International Insurance vs. Foreign Loans
George M. Von Furstenberg
Deutsche Bundesbank Discussion Paper No. 13/2004
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 50
Keywords: Consumption Smoothing, International Economic Insurance, Arrow-Debreu Securities, Foreign Loans, International Risk Sharing
JEL Classification: F36, G22, E21working papers series
Date posted: September 8, 2004
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