56 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2003
Date Written: September 17, 2002
Both Portugal and Greece have been running large current account deficits, and these are expected to continue in the future. Yet, financial markets do not appear to be worried. Starting from this observation, we document that Portugal and Greece are in fact representative of a broader evolution: Increasing goods and financial market integration is leading to an increasing decoupling of saving and investment within the European Union, and even more so within the Euro area. In particular, it is allowing poorer countries to invest more, save less, and run larger current account deficits. The converse holds for the richer countries.
Keywords: Current Account, Europe, Euro, Feldstein Horioka Puzzle, Saving, Investment, Capital Market Integration, Product Market Integration
JEL Classification: F32, F36, F41, F43
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Blanchard, Olivier J. and Giavazzi, Francesco, Current Account Deficits in the Euro Area. The End of the Feldstein Horioka Puzzle? (September 17, 2002). MIT Department of Economics Working Paper No. 03-05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=372880 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.372880