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The Impact of Trade Integration on Business Cycle Synchronization for Mercosur Countries

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  • Francesco Grigoli

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This paper intends to evaluate empirically the impact of reduced trade barriers and increased trade on the synchronization of business cycles. It draws on Frankel and Rose (1998) who reassessed the Mundellian criteria on Optimum Currency Areas (OCAs) and considered their application to be untenable given that trade integration and cycle synchronization may be endogenous. This research aims to test this hypothesis for Mercosur countries. Using a quarterly panel dataset spanning the members since the establishment of the free trade area (FTA) in 1991 until 2008, the empirical findings indicate a positive effect, implying intra-industry trade

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  • Francesco Grigoli, 2012. "The Impact of Trade Integration on Business Cycle Synchronization for Mercosur Countries," European Journal of Comparative Economics, Cattaneo University (LIUC), vol. 9(1), pages 103-131, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:liu:liucej:v:9:y:2012:i:1:p:103-131
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    1. Andrew Abbott & Joshy Easaw & Tao Xing, 2008. "Trade Integration and Business Cycle Convergence: Is the Relation Robust across Time and Space?," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 110(2), pages 403-417, June.
    2. George S. Tavlas, 2009. "Optimum-Currency-Area Paradoxes," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 17(3), pages 536-551, August.
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    1. Piotr Misztal, 2013. "International trade and business cycle synchronization in Poland, the European Union and the Euro Zone," Contemporary Economics, University of Finance and Management in Warsaw, vol. 7(3), September.
    2. Piotr Misztal, 2014. "Trade integration and business cycles synchronization of Poland (Integracja handlowa a synchronizacja cykli koniunkturalnych Polski i Unii Europejskiej)," Research Reports, University of Warsaw, Faculty of Management, vol. 1(17), pages 62-73.
    3. Gaddis, Isis & Pieters, Janneke, 2012. "Trade Liberalization and Female Labor Force Participation: Evidence from Brazil," IZA Discussion Papers 6809, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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    Keywords

    Trade Integration; Business Cycle Synchronization; Mercosur;

    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration

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