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Global Banks, Financial Shocks, and International Business Cycles: Evidence from an Estimated Model

  • ROBERT KOLLMANN

This paper estimates a two-country model with a global bank, using U.S. and Euro area (EA) data, and Bayesian methods. The estimated model matches key U.S. and EA business cycle statistics. Empirically, a model version with a bank capital requirement outperforms a structure without such a constraint. A loan loss originating in one country triggers a global output reduction. Banking shocks matter more for EA macro variables than for U.S. real activity. During the Great Recession (2007–09), banking shocks accounted for about 20 percent of the fall in U.S. and EA GDP, and for more than half of the fall in EA investment and employment.

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Volume (Year): 45 (2013)
Issue (Month): s2 (December)
Pages: 159-195

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