Income effects on the trade balance

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Abstract

This paper investigates the income effects on the trade balance with particular attention to the distinction between permanent and transitory disturbances for the United States, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom. In all four countries, movements in the trade balance have mostly been associated with transitory changes in income. The latter also are negatively associated with the trade balance. In marked contrast, permanent changes in income have little to do with the trade balance. These results are examined in light of intertemporal models and real business cycle models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)464-469
Number of pages6
JournalReview of Economics and Statistics
Volume78
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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