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Net Foreign Asset Positions and Consumption Dynamics in the International Economy

International Monetary Fund
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Talan B. Iscan (), Fabio Ghironi () and Alessandro Rebucci ()

No 05/82, IMF Working Papers from International Monetary Fund

Abstract: We examine the effect of non-zero, long-run foreign asset positions on consumption dynamics in response to productivity shocks in a two-country, dynamic, general equilibrium model, with different discount factors across countries populated by overlapping generations of households. We then compare the model results to those of a VAR for the United States versus the rest of the G-7. In the data, we find that permanent worldwide productivity shocks lead to net foreign asset and consumption dynamics that are consistent with interpreting the United States as the impatient economy in our model and are not consistent with symmetric models with equal discount factors.

Keywords: Consumption; International trade; Productivity; Net foreign assets, consumption tilting, foreign assets, foreign asset, net foreign asset, foreign asset positions, Open Economy Macroeconomics, Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models: Models with Panel Data, (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2005-04-01
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