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June 25, 2009

United States
2009624crisisguidestatic2 Imbalances

The early 1990s witnessed trade tensions between the United States and Japan, even though the U.S. current account deficit stood at about 1% of GDP and Japan is a democracy.  As our chart shows, th…

March 30, 2009

Motion Chart: Global Imbalances

Track the rise of global trade imbalances among the world’s major economies.

November 23, 2009

2009.11.23.GlobalImb How "Global" Are Global Imbalances?

Global imbalances, as reflected in the current account deficits and surpluses of the world’s major regions, fell with the collapse of trade and oil prices in 2008, but should rise again as both rec…

November 16, 2017

American Asian Security Allies, Alas, Contribute More to Global Trade Imbalances Than China American Asian Security Allies, Alas, Contribute More to Global Trade Imbalances Than China

One possible U.S. international economic policy towards Asia, broadly speaking, would be to seek to align with Asia’s other economies to put more pressure on China. Xi’s rhetorical commitment to g…

March 4, 2009

Economic Crises
Global Imbalances and the Financial Crisis

Overview As the economic crisis has spread from financial markets to real economies in countries around the world, governments have understandably focused on short-term measures to contain the dam…

March 24, 2009

Financial Markets
Global Imbalances and the Financial Crisis

Watch Steven Dunaway, CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow for International Economics, lay out the argument of his recent Council Special Report and explain why in order for policymakers to tackle today's glob…

January 22, 2008

Monetary Policy
Are imbalances correcting?

European policy makers think so particularly those imbalances that in their view originate on this side of the pond. The current account deficit - setting aside the bulge from $90 rather than $60 …

September 6, 2016

CA Europe and Asia Imbalances Are Back, In Asia and Globally

The Economist, inspired in part by a recent paper by Caballero, Farhi and Gourinchas, highlighted two key points in its free exchange column criticizing Germany’s surplus: a) Global imbalances have …

July 13, 2011

China's Imbalances Are Bigger than Reckoned China's Imbalances Are Bigger than Reckoned

“How China’s external current account surplus will evolve in the coming years is one of the key questions on the economic outlook for China and the global economy both,” said a World Bank official …

July 20, 2017

Monetary Policy
Can the Fed and ECB Work Together To Reduce Imbalances?

Fed Governor Lael Brainard’s speech on central bank coordination last week was quite interesting—I think it should be read for far more than a signal on when the Fed is likely to next raise the polic…