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International risk sharing in the short run and in the long run

Becker, Sascha O. and Hoffmann, Mathias (2001) International risk sharing in the short run and in the long run , Southampton, UK University of Southampton 21pp. (Discussion Papers in Economics and Econometrics, 102).

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Using a panel of 23 industrialised countries, the paper investigates how short-run and long-run income risks are shared and how the source of uncertainty matters for the way this risk gets insured. Surprisingly, short-term and long-term output risks are found to be equally well insured. Transitory shocks get smoothed almost completely whereas permanent shocks remain 80 percent uninsured. We find a somewhat more important role for international capital markets than earlier studies. Whereas our results tie in with some recent theoretical insights and are consistent with empirical findings on home bias in international portfolios, they raise the question why permanent shocks are so hard to insure internationally.

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Published date: 2001
Keywords: international consumption risk sharing, European integration, panel data, panel vector autoregressions


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Date deposited: 18 May 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:54

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Author: Sascha O. Becker
Author: Mathias Hoffmann

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