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Trade intensity and business cycle synchronization: East Asia versus Europe

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  • Rana, Pradumna Bickram
  • Cheng, Tianyin
  • Chia, Wai-Mun
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    This paper provides a comparative analysis of the relationship between trade intensities and synchronization of business cycles in East Asia and Europe (EU-15). It extends the work of Shin and Wang (2004, 2005) by providing a comparative perspective between East Asia and Europe. The paper finds that intra-industry trade, rather than inter-industry trade, is the major factor in explaining business cycle co-movements in both regions. The paper also supports the hypothesis that the relationship between trade intensity and output co-movement is stronger in East Asia than in Europe. The major policy implication of this finding is that East Asia needs to further strengthen macroeconomic policy coordination within the region.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Asian Economics.

    Volume (Year): 23 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 6 ()
    Pages: 701-706

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:asieco:v:23:y:2012:i:6:p:701-706

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    Keywords: Economic integration; Trade intensity; Intra-industry trade; Business cycle synchronization; East Asia;

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    1. N. Antonakakis & G. Tondl, 2014. "Does integration and economic policy coordination promote business cycle synchronization in the EU?," Empirica, Springer, vol. 41(3), pages 541-575, August.

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