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Business Cycle Synchronization in Europe: Evidence from the Scandinavian Currency Union

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  • U. Michael Bergman
  • Lars Jonung

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This paper studies business cycle synchronization in the three Scandinavian countries Denmark, Norway and Sweden prior to, during and after the Scandinavian Currency Union 1873-1913. We find that the degree of synchronization tended to increase during the currency union, thus supporting earlier empirical evidence. Estimates of factor models suggest that common Scandinavian shocks are important for these three countries. At the same time we find evidence suggesting that the importance of these shocks does not depend on the monetary regime.

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  • U. Michael Bergman & Lars Jonung, 2010. "Business Cycle Synchronization in Europe: Evidence from the Scandinavian Currency Union," European Economy - Economic Papers 2008 - 2015 402, Directorate General Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN), European Commission.
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    Keywords

    european union; eu; denmark; sweden; norway; jonung; bergman; scandinavian currency; union synchronisation of cycles; co-movement of cycles; monetary unions symnetry; symmetry european business cycles;
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    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics

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