Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/148197
Authors: 
Ford, Nicholas
Horioka, Charles Yuji
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
ISER Discussion Paper, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University 969
Abstract: 
This article shows that global financial markets cannot, by themselves, achieve net transfers of financial capital and real interest rate equalisation across countries and that the integration of both global financial markets and global goods markets is needed to achieve net transfers of capital and real interest rate equalisation across countries. Thus, frictions (barriers to mobility) in one or both of these markets can impede the net transfer of capital between countries, produce the Feldstein and Horioka (1980) finding of high saving-investment correlations, and prevent real interest rates from being equalised across countries. Moreover, frictions in global goods markets can explain why real exchange rates deviate from PPP (purchasing power parity) for extended periods of time and can therefore also explain the PPP puzzle. Thus, we are able to resolve 2 of Obstfeld and Rogoff's (2000) "6 major puzzles in macroeconomics" with essentially the same explanation.
Subjects: 
Exchange rate volatility
Feldstein-Horioka paradox or puzzle
financial market integration
goods market integration
international capital flows
international capital mobility
net transfers of capital
PPP puzzle
purchasing power parity puzzle
real interest rate equalisation
real interest rate parity
saving-investment correlations
JEL: 
E40
F21
F31
F32
F36
G15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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