Global and euro imbalances: China and Germany

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on September 9, 2013

Global and euro imbalances: China and Germany by Guonan Ma and Robert N McCauley - Working Papers No 424 - September 2013.

“We analyse global and euro area imbalances by focusing on China and Germany as large surplus and creditor countries. In the 2000s, domestic reforms in both countries expanded the effective labour force, restrained wages, shifted income towards profits and increased corporate saving. As a result, both economies’ current account surpluses widened before the global financial crisis, and that of Germany has proven more persistent as domestic investment has remained subdued.”

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