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The Few Leading the Many: Foreign Affiliates and Business Cycle Comovement

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  • Jörn Kleinert

    (Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz)

  • Julien Martin

    (UQAM - Université du Québec à Montréal = University of Québec in Montréal)

  • Farid Toubal

    (ENS Cachan - École normale supérieure - Cachan, CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - UP1 - Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

Abstract

This paper argues that the correlation of business cycles across countries is largely due to linkages between multinational firms and their foreign affiliates. There are very few foreign affiliates in France, but they contribute considerably to aggregate economic activities. We exploit the heterogeneity in the presence and origin of foreign affiliates across French regions to identify their impact on comovement. We find a positive impact of foreign affiliates' presence on the comovement of business cycles between their regions of location and their countries of origin. This effect is not primarily driven by foreign affiliates' trade with their countries of origin.

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  • Jörn Kleinert & Julien Martin & Farid Toubal, 2015. "The Few Leading the Many: Foreign Affiliates and Business Cycle Comovement," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) hal-01306646, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:cesptp:hal-01306646
    DOI: 10.1257/mac.20130234
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    Keywords

    business cycles; foreign affiliates;

    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • F44 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Business Cycles

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