Accounting for Global Dispersion of Current Accounts

34 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2010  

Yongsung Chang

University of Rochester - Department of Economics; Yonsei University - Department of Economics

Sun-Bin Kim

Concordia University, Quebec - Department of Economics

Jaewoo Lee

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Research Department

Date Written: December 2009

Abstract

We undertake a quantitative analysis of the dispersion of current accounts in an open economy version of incomplete insurance model, incorporating important market frictions in trade and financial flows. Calibrated with conventional parameter values, the stochastic stationary equilibrium of the model with limited borrowing can account for about two-thirds of the global dispersion of current accounts. The easing of financial frictions can explain nearly all changes in the current account dispersion in the past four decades whereas the easing of trade frictions has almost no impact on the current account dispersion.

Keywords: Capital transactions, Consumer goods, Cross country analysis, Current account, Economic integration, Economic models, External shocks, International capital markets, International financial system, International trade

Suggested Citation

Chang, Yongsung and Kim, Sun-Bin and Lee, Jaewoo, Accounting for Global Dispersion of Current Accounts (December 2009). IMF Working Papers, Vol. , pp. 1-33, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1531509

Yongsung Chang (Contact Author)

University of Rochester - Department of Economics ( email )

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Yonsei University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Sun-Bin Kim

Concordia University, Quebec - Department of Economics ( email )

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Canada
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Jaewoo Lee

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Research Department ( email )

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Washington, DC 20431
United States
202-623-7331 (Phone)
202-623-6334 (Fax)

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