Twin Deficits Hypothesis and Capital Mobility: The ASEAN-5 Perspective

Evan, Lau and Ahmad Zubaidi, Baharumshah and Hamizun, Ismail (2009) Twin Deficits Hypothesis and Capital Mobility: The ASEAN-5 Perspective. Jurnal Pengurusan, 29. pp. 15-32. ISSN 0127-2713

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Abstract

This paper investigates the relevance of the twin deficits hypothesis (TDH) in five Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries. We examine the causal relation between current account deficits, budget deficits and investments. The empirical findings may be summarised as follows. First, TDH holds only for three countries: Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. In other words, a budget deficit plays a significant role in the determination of a current account deficit in all the three countries. Second, the findings are in line with the widely held view that government expenditure crowds out private investment. Third, investment shows a noticeable impact on current account deficits. Finally, a high proportion of domestic investment is financed from international sources, which suggests that the Feldstein-Horioka puzzle is less important in these emerging economies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Twin deficits hypothesis (TDH) in five Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, current account deficits, budget deficits and investments, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Economics and Business
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2015 06:26
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2015 06:26
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/7197

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