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Business cycles in EU new member states: How and why are they different?

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This paper uses the business cycle accounting framework to investigate the differences between economic fluctuations in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries and the euro area. We decompose output movements into the contributions of four economic wedges, affecting the production technology, the agents’ intra- and intertemporal choices, and the aggregate resource constraint. We next analyze the observed cross-country differences in business cycles with respect to these four identified wedges. Our results indicate that business cycles in the CEE countries do differ from those observed in the euro area, even though substantial convergence has been achieved after the eastern EU enlargement. The major differences concern the importance of the intra- and intertemporal wedges, which account for a larger proportion of output fluctuations in the CEE region and also exhibit relatively little comovement with their euro area counterparts.

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  • Kolasa, Marcin, 2013. "Business cycles in EU new member states: How and why are they different?," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 38(PB), pages 487-496.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jmacro:v:38:y:2013:i:pb:p:487-496
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jmacro.2013.08.007
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    Keywords

    Business cycle accounting; Business cycle synchronization;

    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • F44 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Business Cycles

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