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International Financial Flows and the Current Business Expansion

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Since 1992, the United States has enjoyed sustained, rapid economic expansion characterized by rising labor force participation, booming net investment spending for information equipment and computer software, and strong productivity growth. Substantial foreign capital inflows have helped to finance the investment boom as well as a rise in private domestic consumption spending. This paper illustrates how capital inflows can be both a bane and a boon to economic growth.

Suggested citation: Humpage, Owen F., 2001. "International Financial Flows and the Current Business Expansion," Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Policy Discussion Paper no. 01-02.

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