DP7693 Global Imbalances: In Midstream?
|Author(s):||Olivier J Blanchard, Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti|
|Publication Date:||February 2010|
|Keyword(s):||Current account, investment, portfolio choice., saving|
|JEL(s):||E21, E22, F32, F33, F36, F41|
|Programme Areas:||International Macroeconomics|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=7693|
Before the crisis, there were strong arguments for reducing global imbalances. As a result of the crisis, there have been significant changes in saving and investment patterns across the world and imbalances have narrowed considerably. Does this mean that imbalances are a problem of the past? Hardly. The paper argues that there is an urgent need to implement policy changes to address the remaining domestic and international distortions that are a key cause of imbalances. Failure to do so could result in the world economy being stuck in "midstream," threatening the sustainability of the recovery.