Economics at your fingertips  

(Why) Should Current Account Balances Be Reduced&quest

Olivier Blanchard () and Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti ()

IMF Economic Review, 2012, vol. 60, issue 1, 139-150

Abstract: The purpose of this note is to discuss two complex issues. First, why might a country want to reduce its current account deficit or surplus? And second, why might the international community ask for more? We argue that, in many cases, current account balances reflect underlying domestic distortions. It is then in the interest of the country to remove those distortions and, in the process, reduce imbalances. We then discuss cases where spillover effects, either from deficits or surpluses, suggest a direct role for multilateral surveillance. This process can play two potentially useful roles: first, as a discussion of the differences in assessments; second, as a potentially useful commitment device for countries to implement some of the required but politically unpalatable fiscal or structural adjustments.

Date: 2012
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (32) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link) Link to full text PDF (application/pdf) Link to full text HTML (text/html)
Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
http://www.springer. ... cs/journal/41308/PS2

Access Statistics for this article

More articles in IMF Economic Review from Palgrave Macmillan, International Monetary Fund
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Sonal Shukla ().

Page updated 2019-04-12
Handle: RePEc:pal:imfecr:v:60:y:2012:i:1:p:139-150