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Evidence on Common Feature and Business Cycle Synchronization in Mercosur

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  • Carrasco-Gutierrez, Carlos Enrique
  • Reis Gomes, Fábio Augusto

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The aim of this work is to analyze the business cycles of Mercosur member countries in order to investigate their degree of synchronization. The econometric model uses the Beveridge-Nelson-Stock-Watson multivariate trend-cycle decomposition, taking into account the presence of common features such as common trend and common cycle. Once the business cycles are estimated, their degree of synchronization is analyzed by means of linear correlation in time domain and coherence and phase in frequency domain. Despite the evidence of common features, the results suggest that the business cycles are not synchronized. This may generate an enormous difficulty to intensify Mercosur agreements.

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  • Carrasco-Gutierrez, Carlos Enrique & Reis Gomes, Fábio Augusto, 2007. "Evidence on Common Feature and Business Cycle Synchronization in Mercosur," MPRA Paper 66064, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2009.
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    1. Carlos Enrique Carrasco Gutiérrez & Reinaldo Castro Souza & Osmani Teixeira de Carvalho Guillén, 2007. "Selection of Optimal Lag Length in Cointegrated VAR Models with Weak Form of Common Cyclical Features," Working Papers Series 139, Central Bank of Brazil, Research Department.

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    Keywords

    Mercosur; Business Cycles; Trend-Cycle Decomposition; Common Features; Spectral Analysis.;

    JEL classification:

    • C32 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes; State Space Models
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • F02 - International Economics - - General - - - International Economic Order and Integration
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business

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