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Introduction

Richard H. Clarida

in G7 Current Account Imbalances

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780226107264
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226107288 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226107288.003.0001
Introduction

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This book addresses the current account imbalances of the world's seven major industrialized countries. It is divided into three sections: origins of G7 current account imbalances; empirical studies of G7 current account and exchange rate adjustment; and theoretical perspectives on current account sustainability and adjustment. Part I provides a sophisticated and novel application of the venerable capital account theory of the current account. Part II concentrates on the possible empirical connection between the size of a current account imbalance and the way in which and the channels through which adjustment in that imbalance takes place. Finally, Part III uses economic theory and presents valuable and novel insights into the issues of current account sustainability and adjustment. An overview of the chapters included in this book is given.

Keywords: exchange rate; G7 current account imbalances; current account sustainability; capital account theory; adjustment; economic theory

Chapter.  3575 words. 

Subjects: Financial Markets

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