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Activity Number: 169 - Macroeconomic Dynamics
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, July 30, 2018 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Business and Economic Statistics Section
Abstract #327048 Presentation
Title: Asymmetric Behavior of Current Account Sustainability
Author(s): Luis Melo* and Daniel OrdoƱez and Oscar Valencia
Companies: Banco De La Republica and Universidad Nacional and Banco de la Republica (Central Banck of Colombia)
Keywords: Nonlinear models; Threshold vector error correction; current account sustainability; generalized impulse response function

We test current account sustainability based on a two-regime threshold vector error correction model. This methodology allows us to characterize short-run nonlinearities in the current account. We estimate the model for four Latin American economies: Chile, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico. We find a long-run relationship between the current account components, which implies strong sustainability for Chile and Mexico and weak sustainability for Colombia and Brazil. For the first two countries, the predominant regime is associated with a current account surplus. In contrast, for Colombia and Brazil, the prevailing regime corresponds to a situation in which there is a long-run deficit. This result provides valuable insights for macroeconomic authorities in developing economies for quantifying their external balance vulnerabilities and designing policies to effectively counteract the negative effects of external shocks.

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