International Saving, Investment and Trade
Posted: 21 Jul 1998
Date Written: 1997
Feldstein and Horioka (1980) observed that saving and investment move closely together in the major OECD countries. This finding is a puzzle if national economies are characterized by one sector production functions of the form F(K,L). In that case, in a high saving country, the high rate of investment and capital accumulation would result in a decline in the marginal product of capital, leading to an incentive for exporting capital. In this paper, we show that this incentive disappears in a multi-sector world. National capital can be absorbed domestically without a decline in its marginal product through a shift in the sectoral composition of national production towards capital intensive sectors.
JEL Classification: F11, O16
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