The Sources of Business Cycles in a Low Income Country

Author/Editor:

Romain Houssa ; Jolan Mohimont ; Christopher Otrok

Publication Date:

February 25, 2015

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

We examine the role of global and domestic shocks in driving macroeconomic fluctuations for Ghana. We are able to study the impact of exogenous shocks including productivity, credit supply, and commodity price shocks. We identify the shocks with a combination of sign and recursive restrictions within Bayesian VAR models. As a benchmark we provide results for South Africa to document the difference between two economies with similar structures but different levels of development. We find that global shocks play a more dominant role in South Africa than in Ghana. These shocks operate through three channels: trade, credit and commodity prices.

Series:

Working Paper No. 15/40

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

February 25, 2015

ISBN/ISSN:

9781498310147/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2015040

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

34

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