DP9493 Capital Flows in the Euro Area

Author(s): Philip R. Lane
Publication Date: May 2013
Keyword(s): capital flows, euro, imbalances
JEL(s): e42, f32, f41
Programme Areas: International Macroeconomics
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We investigate the behaviour of gross capital flows and net capital flows for euro area member countries. We highlight the extraordinary boom-bust cycles in both gross flows and net flows since 2003. We also show that the reversal in net capital flows during the crisis has been very costly in terms of macroeconomic and financial outcomes for the high-deficit countries. Finally, we describe the reforms that can improve macro-financial stability across the euro area.