Sustainability of Persistent Current Account Deficits

33 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 1998 Last revised: 28 Jul 2001

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Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti

International Monetary Fund (IMF); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Assaf Razin

Tel Aviv University - Eitan Berglas School of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: February 1996

Abstract

This paper puts forward a notion of current account sustainability that explicitly takes into account willingness to pay and willingness to lend in addition to intertemporal solvency. It argues that this notion of sustainability provides a better framework for understanding the variety of country experiences with protracted current account imbalances. Based on this notion, we identify a number of operational indicators related to the structure of the economy, the economic policy stance, and political economy factors. We use these sustainability indicators to evaluate the experience of a number of countries that ran persistent current account imbalances, and derive policy implications consistent with our notion of sustainability.

Suggested Citation

Milesi-Ferretti, Gian Maria and Razin, Assaf, Sustainability of Persistent Current Account Deficits (February 1996). NBER Working Paper No. w5467. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4130

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