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The international cycle and Colombian monetary policy

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  • Lavan Mahadeva
  • Javier Gómez Pineda

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The objective of this paper is to analyze how international cycles affect the real GDPcycle and so monetary policy decisions in Colombia. We estimate that cycles in worldGDP, export prices and capital inflows are strongly associated with the Colombianbusiness cycle both on impact and even during the first year. We find evidence that,because of inefficiencies in the domestic financial sector, external gains are channelledinto nontradable spending through credit expansions. This creates large appreciationsduring booms. The reverse happens during world slowdowns. These swings in theExchange rate restrict the scope for a countercyclical monetary policy.

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  • Lavan Mahadeva & Javier Gómez Pineda, 2009. "The international cycle and Colombian monetary policy," BORRADORES DE ECONOMIA 005406, BANCO DE LA REPÚBLICA.
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    Capital inflows; Terms of trade; International Business Cycles; DevelopingCountry; Colombia; Monetary policy; Business Cycle.;
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    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics

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