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Trade Intensity And Business Cycle Synchronization: The Case Of East Asian Countries



    (Division of Economics, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798, Singapore)

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    This paper examines whether increasing trade intensities among East Asian countries have led to a synchronization of business cycles. It extends the work of Shin and Wang (2004) in two ways: by improving the specification of their business cycle correlation equation and by extending the sample to cover the post-crisis period. The study finds that intra-industry trade, rather than inter-industry trade, is the major factor in explaining business cycle co-movements in East Asia. This result has important implications for the prospects of introducing a single currency in the region.

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    Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal The Singapore Economic Review.

    Volume (Year): 53 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 02 ()
    Pages: 279-292

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    Handle: RePEc:wsi:serxxx:v:53:y:2008:i:02:p:279-292
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