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Cyclical synchronization in the EMU along the financial crisis: An interpretation of the conflicting signals

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  • Jose Ramon Cancelo

    (University of A Coruña)

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    We analyze how cyclical synchronization in the EMU evolved since the onset of the current financial crisis. The standard measures of cyclical correlation suggest that while the cycle of the euro area became more aligned with the cycles of other developed economies, the EMU itself apparently entered into a phase of cyclical divergence. We show that as a matter of fact the bulk of the member states remained closely aligned, and the seeming decline in synchronization is due to a few countries decoupling from the euro area. Next we present empirical evidence that the foundations that explain the evolution of the national cycles against the EMU aggregate through the crisis were already latent in 2007. Greece and Ireland deviate from the general pattern, the former because of its loose fiscal policy all along the period 2000-2007, and the latter due to the flexibility of its labor market.

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    Article provided by Europa Grande in its journal European Journal of Government and Economics.

    Volume (Year): 1 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 1 (June)
    Pages: 86-100

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    Handle: RePEc:egr:ejge00:v:1:i:1:p:86-100

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    Keywords: international business cycles; euro area; cyclical convergence; asymmetric responses;

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    1. Escañuela Romana, Ignacio, 2013. "¿Convergen los ciclos económicos de los estados de la zona euro?: evidencia empírica
      [Do Economic Cycles Converge In The Euro Zone?: Empirical Evidence]
      ," MPRA Paper 48145, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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