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Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 April 2012

Michał Rubaszek*
Economic Institute, National Bank of Poland and Econometric Institute, Warsaw School of Economics
Address correspondence to: Michał Rubaszek, National Bank of Poland, Swietokrzyska Street 11/21, 00-919 Warsaw, Poland; e-mail:


We analyze the role of the lending-deposit interest rate spread in the dynamics of the current account in developing countries. For that purpose, we extend the standard perfect-foresight intertemporal model of the current account for the existence of the interest rate spread and simulate the convergence path of developing economies. This model helps explain why in many cases it is optimal for a fast-growing, low-income country to run a balanced current account.

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