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Center and Periphery: the Propagation of the Global Crisis to Latin America


  • Sebastián Katz

    () (Central Bank of Argentina)

  • Eduardo Corso

    (Central Bank of Argentina)


Although the international crisis was initially seen as an event limited to a particular segment of the financial systems of central economies, it rapidly escalated and became global through different transmission channels, raising doubts over the hypothesis of the so-called decoupling. Latin American economies faced this new scenario under more robust conditions than in the past episodes of crisis. The good macroeconomic performance of the region during the five-year period prior to the onset of the crisis reduced the vulnerability of these economies and increased the degrees of freedom of economic policy authorities to implement counter-cyclical policies in the new international context. Despite the efforts made by these economies, a comprehensive policy response will require a commitment of resources and coordination by the main developed economies. In this sense, policy challenges are not limited to emerging economies: they imply a global coordination effort.

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  • Sebastián Katz & Eduardo Corso, 2010. "Center and Periphery: the Propagation of the Global Crisis to Latin America," BCRA Working Paper Series 201048, Central Bank of Argentina, Economic Research Department.
  • Handle: RePEc:bcr:wpaper:201048

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    center and periphery; counter-cyclical policies; emerging economies; international crisis; Latin America; transmission mechanisms;

    JEL classification:

    • E60 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - General
    • F42 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Policy Coordination and Transmission
    • F44 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Business Cycles
    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises


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