Identifying the Common Component in International Economic Fluctuations : A New Approach

Author/Editor:

Robin L. Lumsdaine ; Eswar S Prasad

Publication Date:

November 1, 1999

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper develops an aggregation procedure using time-varying weights for constructing the common component of international economic fluctuations. The methodology for deriving time-varying weights is based on some stylized features of the data documented in the paper. The model allows for a unified treatment of cyclical and seasonal fluctuations and also captures the dynamic propagation of shocks across countries. Correlations of individual country fluctuations with the common component provide evidence of a “world business cycle” and a distinct European common component. The results suggest that macroeconomic fluctuations have become more closely linked across industrial economies in the post–Bretton Woods period.

Series:

Working Paper No. 99/154

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

November 1, 1999

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451857214/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1541999

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

38

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