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Structural Policy Reforms and External Imbalances

It has been argued that one solution to global current account imbalances is for countries with current account surpluses to undertake structural reforms. This would raise their potential growth, which is assumed to put downward pressure on the current account position. This paper takes a closer look at how such structural reforms in labour markets, product markets, and financial markets could be expected to affect current accounts. It also tests empirically, using pooled time-series techniques (that control for the influence of relative cyclical positions, government fiscal balances and the real exchange rate), whether or not reforms in these areas would have any significant relationship with current accounts. The overall finding is that indicators of structural reforms do have a significant relationship with the current account but the contribution of these variables to explain current account positions is quite limited ...


Keywords: current account, structural reforms
JEL: J40: Labor and Demographic Economics / Particular Labor Markets / Particular Labor Markets: General; F32: International Economics / International Finance / Current Account Adjustment; Short-term Capital Movements
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