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Net Foreign Assets and International Adjustment; The United States, Japan, and Germany

Jocelyn Horne, Paul Masson () and Jeroen J. M. Kremers

No 1993/033, IMF Working Papers from International Monetary Fund

Abstract: This paper examines external adjustment in the United States, Japan and Germany from the perspective of net foreign asset positions. It asks two questions: What are, in the long run, the determinants of net foreign asset equilibrium? and: What are, in the short run, some of the adjustment mechanisms sustaining that equilibrium? An analysis of post-war data produces two insights. First, using a cointegration approach, the existence of long-run net foreign asset equilibrium can be identified: it is a function of demographic variables and public debt. Second, deviations from long-run equilibrium give rise to feedback through different components of domestic absorption in the three countries.

Keywords: Foreign assets; Public debt; Foreign currency exposure; Expenditure; Current account; WP,Germany,GNP,F/Y,ratio (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26
Date: 1993-04-01
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