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Commodity markets and the international transmission of fiscal shocks

  • Reinhart, Carmen

The "engine of growth" argument holds that an economic expansion in a large country increases the growth of its trading partners. Growth in developing countries is routinely linked to growth patterns in the Industrial economies. This paper examines the role of commodity markets in transmitting disturbances internationally and finds that contrary to the implications of the "engine of growth" argument, a fiscal-induced expansion in a large commodity-importing country could either increase or decrease growth in the developing commodity-exporting country, and unambiguously reduces output in the second commodity-importing country.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 13411.

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Date of creation: Dec 1988
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:13411
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