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How macroeconomic imbalances interact? Evidence from a panel VAR analysis

Blaise Gnimassoun () and Valérie Mignon ()

No 2014-5, EconomiX Working Papers from University of Paris Nanterre, EconomiX

Abstract: This paper aims at investigating the interactions between three key macroeconomic imbalances, namely current-account discrepancies (external imbalances), output gaps (internal imbalances), and exchange-rate misalignments. To this end, we rely on the estimation of a panel VAR model for a sample of 22 industrialized countries over the 1980-2011 period. Our findings show that macroeconomic imbalances strongly interact through a causal relationship. We evidence that if current-account disequilibria threaten the stability of the global economy, their origin can be found in internal imbalances and exchange-rate misalignments: positive output-gap shocks as well as currency overvaluation deepen current-account deficits. In addition, while variations in external imbalances mainly result from exchange-rate misalignments in the euro area, they are mostly explained by output gaps for non-eurozone members.

Keywords: global imbalances; current account; output gap; exchange-rate misalignments; panel VAR. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F32 F31 C33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2014
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