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A cross-country financial accelerator: Evidence from North America and Europe

  • Mody, Ashoka
  • Sarno, Lucio
  • Taylor, Mark P.

A growing literature has examined the importance of credit market imperfections for macroeconomic fluctuations, the so-called financial accelerator. A related literature has provided evidence of international and regional co-movements in macroeconomic fluctuations. We tie together these strands of the literature in that we investigate the importance of both cross-country and country-specific credit cycles in explaining output fluctuations. Using data for four major economies and two world regions from 1973 to 2001, we find that both regional and country-specific components of indicators of credit availability are powerful in explaining output movements. This research provides the first empirical evidence of a cross-country financial accelerator.

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Volume (Year): 26 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 149-165

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