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Jean-Marc Fournier1, Isabell Koske1
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  • 1: OECD, France

23 Nov 2010
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This paper uses a simple dynamic stochastic general equilibrium model to explore the qualitative impact of productivity shocks on current account positions via their impact on the saving behaviour of households. The analysis shows that the direction of the impact is ambiguous from a theoretical point of view. This impact depends in particular on consumer’s willingness to shift consumption over time relative to their willingness to shift consumption between different types of goods, on whether they believe the shock to be temporary or permanent, and on the sector in which the shock occurs.
current account adjustment, saving, productivity
JEL Classification:
  • E21: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics / Consumption, Saving, Production, Investment, Labor Markets, and Informal Economy / Consumption; Saving; Wealth
  • F32: International Economics / International Finance / Current Account Adjustment; Short-Term Capital Movements
  • O40: Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth / Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity / General