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The Integration of Imperfect Financial Markets: Implications for Business Cycle Volatility

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  • Claudia M. Buch
  • Christian Pierdzioch

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During the last two decades, the degree of openness of national financial systems has increased substantially. At the same time, asymmetries in information and other financial market frictions have remain prevalent. We study both empirically and theoretically the implications of the opening up of national financial systems in the presence of financial market frictions for business cycle volatility. In our empirical analysis, we demonstrate that stylised facts suggest that countries with more developed financial systems have lower business cycle volatility. Financial openness has no strong impact on business cycle volatility, in contrast. In our theoretical analysis, we use a dynamic general equilibrium model to study the implications of the opening up of national financial markets and of financial market frictions for business cycle volatility. We find that the implications of opening up national financial markets for business cycle volatility are largely unaffected by the presence of financial market frictions.

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Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 1161.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2003
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Keywords: Business cycle volatility; Financial frictions; Financial market integration;

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  1. Evans, Martin D.D. & Hnatkovska, Viktoria V., 2014. "International capital flows, returns and world financial integration," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 92(1), pages 14-33.
  2. Claudia M. Buch & Christian Pierdzioch, 2003. "The Integration of Imperfect Financial Markets: Implications for Business Cycle Volatility," Kiel Working Papers 1161, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  3. Fabio Rumler & Johann Scharler, 2011. "Labor Market Institutions And Macroeconomic Volatility In A Panel Of Oecd Countries," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 58(3), pages 396-413, 07.
  4. Viktoria Hnatkovska & Martin Evans, 2005. "International Capital Flows in a World of Greater Financial Integration," Computing in Economics and Finance 2005, Society for Computational Economics 419, Society for Computational Economics.
  5. Martin D. Evans & Viktoria V. Hnatkovska, 2007. "Financial Integration, Macroeconomic Volatility, and Welfare," Journal of the European Economic Association, MIT Press, MIT Press, vol. 5(2-3), pages 500-508, 04-05.
  6. Hooy, Chee-Wooi & Lim, Kian-Ping, 2013. "Is market integration associated with informational efficiency of stock markets?," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 35(1), pages 29-44.

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