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Trade Linkages and Output-Multiplier Effects: a Structural VAR Approach with a Focus on Asia

  • Tilak Abeysinghe
  • Kristin Forbes

This paper develops a structural VAR model to measure how a shock to one country affects other countries' GDP. It uses trade linkages to estimate the multiplier effects as a shock is transmitted through output fluctuations and introduces a new specification strategy that reduces the number of unknowns and allows cross-country relationships to vary over time. This model is used to examine the impact of shocks to 11 Asian countries, the US, and the rest of the OECD. Impulse-response matrices suggest that these multiplier effects are large and can transmit shocks in very different patterns than predicted from a bilateral-trade matrix. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2005..

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Volume (Year): 13 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 (05)
Pages: 356-375

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