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Does International Trade Really Lead To Business Cycle Synchronization?—A Panel Data Approach

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  • MICHAEL ARTIS
  • TOSHIHIRO OKUBO

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This paper re-estimates the correlation between trade and business cycle synchronization. Different from other previous studies, we employ long-run GDP and trade data and use the GDP cross-correlation index a la Cerqueira and Martins (2009) rather than over-time cross-correlations. We find a positive impact of trade on business cycle synchronization particularly in the current wave of globalization, although the inter-war period sees negative impacts. The current economic integration and currency unions also positively affect business cycle synchronization.
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  • Michael Artis & Toshihiro Okubo, 2011. "Does International Trade Really Lead To Business Cycle Synchronization?—A Panel Data Approach," Manchester School, University of Manchester, vol. 79(2), pages 318-332, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:manchs:v:79:y:2011:i:2:p:318-332
    DOI: j.1467-9957.2011.02238.x
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    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • F43 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Economic Growth of Open Economies
    • F55 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Institutional Arrangements

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