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International Capital Flows and National Creditworthiness; Do the Fundamental Things Apply As Time Goes By?

Paul Cashin () and Christopher McDermott ()

No 98/172, IMF Working Papers from International Monetary Fund

Abstract: This paper examines the optimality of international capital flows to a persistent net importer of capital, Australia, during its post-capital-controls period 1984-98. The results suggest that international capital flows were larger than optimal during the 1980s, but in the 1990s such flows have been broadly consistent with those predicted by the consumption-smoothing approach to the determination of the current account. The paper also discusses the main implications arising from measures of optimal capital flows, and compares them with the implications arising from the key concepts used in the determination of national creditworthiness.

Keywords: Consumption; Australia; consumption smoothing, international capital flows, structural break, current account, current account deficit, current account imbalances, current account deficits, external liabilities (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1998-12-01
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