Desynchronized : The Comovement of Non-Hydrocarbon Business Cycles in the GCC

Author/Editor:

Serhan Cevik

Publication Date:

December 1, 2011

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper investigates the empirical characteristics of business cycles and the extent of cyclical comovement in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, using various measures of synchronization for non-hydrocarbon GDP and constituents of aggregate demand during the period 1990-2010. By applying the Christiano-Fitzgerald asymmetric band-pass filter and a mean corrected concordance index, the paper identifies the degree of non-hydrocarbon business cycle synchronization?one of the main prerequisites for countries considering to establish a monetary union. The empirical results show low and heterogeneous synchronization in non-hydrocarbon business cycles across the GCC economies, and a decline in the degree of synchronicity in the 2000s, if Kuwait is excluded from the sample, partly because of divergent fiscal policies.

Series:

Working Paper No. 11/286

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

December 1, 2011

ISBN/ISSN:

9781463927202/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2011286

Format:

Paper

Pages:

25

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