Title

Petrodollars

Document Type

Article

Department

Politics and Economics (CGU), Politics (Scripps)

Publication Date

2009

Disciplines

Economic Policy | Economics | International and Area Studies | International Economics | Political Economy

Abstract

Recycling of petrodollars refers to what becomes of revenues earned by oil-exporting countries, particularly after major oil price shocks. Countries may spend some portion on foreign goods and services, but typically the increases in oil revenues following price shocks have been so large that oil exporters have been unable to absorb these petrodollars into their domestic economies either through consumption or through investment. Instead, petrodollars usually get recycled in the form of foreign asset savings held abroad. Such foreign assets may range from deposits held in foreign banks to bonds and private equity.

Rights Information

© 2009 Princeton University Press