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Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
FRBSF Economic Letter
Balance of payments in the European periphery
Galina Hale
Abstract

The countries of the European periphery are experiencing a balance of payments crisis stemming from persistent current account deficits and sharply lower private capital inflows, a condition known as a sudden stop. In countries with fixed exchange rates, sudden stops typically drain foreign reserves, forcing currency depreciation which eventually shifts the current account from deficit to surplus. However, the sudden stop has not prompted the European periphery countries to move toward devaluation by abandoning the euro, in part because capital transfers from euro-area partners have allowed them to finance current account deficits


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Galina Hale, "Balance of payments in the European periphery", Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, FRBSF Economic Letter, number 01, 2013.
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Keywords: Balance of payments - Western Europe
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