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The Financial Crisis and The Geography of Wealth Transfers

Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas, Hélène Rey, Kai Truempler

NBER Working Paper No. 17353
Issued in August 2011
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This paper studies the geography of wealth transfers during the 2008 global financial crisis. We construct valuation changes on bilateral external positions in equity, direct investment and portfolio debt at the height of the crisis to map who benefited and who lost on their external exposure. We find a very diverse set of fortunes governed by the structure of countries' external portfolios. In particular, we are able to relate the gains and losses on debt portfolios to the country's exposure to ABCP conduits and the extent of dollar shortage.

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