nep-ifn New Economics Papers
on International Finance
Issue of 2016‒08‒14
two papers chosen by
Vimal Balasubramaniam
University of Oxford

  1. The Holders and Issuers of International Portfolio Securities By Vahagn Galstyan; Philip R. Lane; Caroline Mehigan; Rogelio Mercado
  2. Macro-Finance By John H. Cochrane

  1. By: Vahagn Galstyan; Philip R. Lane; Caroline Mehigan; Rogelio Mercado
    Abstract: Research on the geographical distribution of international portfolios has mainly focused on data aggregated to the country level. We exploit newly-available data that disaggregates the holders and issuers of international securities along sectoral lines. We find that patterns evident in the aggregate data do not uniformly apply across the various holding and issuing sectors, such that a full understanding of cross-border portfolio positions requires granular-level analysis.
    JEL: F21 F3
    Date: 2016–07
  2. By: John H. Cochrane
    Abstract: Macro-finance addresses the link between asset prices and economic fluctuations. Many models reflect the same rough idea: the market's ability to bear risk varies over time, larger in good times, and less in bad times. Models achieve this similar result by quite different mechanisms, and I contrast their strengths and weaknesses. I outline how macro-finance models may illuminate macroeconomics, by putting time-varying risk aversion, risk-bearing capacity, and precautionary savings at the center of recessions rather than variation in “the” interest rate and intertemporal substitution. I emphasize unsolved questions and profitable avenues for research.
    JEL: E00 G10 G12
    Date: 2016–08

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