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  • Paul Cashin

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This paper identifies and describes key features of Caribbean business cycles during the period 1963-2003. In particular, the chronologies in the Caribbean classical cycle (expansions and contractions in the level of output) and growth cycle (periods of above-trend and below-trend rates of economic growth) are identified. It is found that Caribbean classical cycles are longer-lived than those of developed countries and non-Caribbean developing countries. While there are large asymmetries in the duration and amplitude of phases in the Caribbean classical cycle, on both measures the Caribbean growth cycle is much more symmetric. Further, there is some evidence of synchronization among the classical cycles of Caribbean countries, and stronger evidence of synchronization of Caribbean growth cycles.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 04/136.

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Length: 41
Date of creation: 01 Jul 2004
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:04/136

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Keywords: St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Lucia; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Economic growth;

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  1. Ramirez, Francisco A., 2009. "Perturbaciones Internacionales y Fluctuaciones del Producto Interno Bruto en una Economía en Desarrollo: Evidencia de República Dominicana para el Período 1998-2008
    [International Shocks and GDP
    ," MPRA Paper 38987, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Levent, Korap, 2006. "An essay upon the business cycle facts: the Turkish case," MPRA Paper 21717, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Tobias N. Rasmussen, 2004. "Macroeconomic Implications of Natural Disasters in the Caribbean," IMF Working Papers 04/224, International Monetary Fund.
  4. Sebastian Sosa & Paul Cashin, 2009. "Macroeconomic Fluctuations in the Caribbean: the Role of Climatic and External Shocks," IMF Working Papers 09/159, International Monetary Fund.
  5. Evridiki Tsounta, 2008. "What Attracts Tourists to Paradise?," IMF Working Papers 08/277, International Monetary Fund.
  6. Esteban PeÌrez Caldentey & Daniel Titelman & Pablo Carvallo, 2014. "Weak Expansions: A Distinctive Feature of the Business Cycle in Latin America and the Caribbean," World Economic Review, World Economics Association, vol. 2014(3), pages 69, February.
  7. Yan Sun & Wendell A. Samuel, 2009. "ECCU Business Cycles: Impact of the U.S," IMF Working Papers 09/71, International Monetary Fund.
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  9. Juliana Dutra Araujo, 2009. "Fiscal Cycles in the Caribbean," IMF Working Papers 09/158, International Monetary Fund.
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    ," MPRA Paper 22755, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  11. Levent, Korap, 2007. "Structural VAR identification of the Turkish business cycles," MPRA Paper 21971, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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