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A Historical Perspective on International Co-movements: 1821-2007

  • Saverio Simonelli

    (Università di Napoli Federico II)

  • Haroon Mumtaz

    (Bank of England)

  • Paolo Surico

    (Bank of England)

Using a dynamic factor model, we uncover four main empirical regularities on international comovements in a long-run panel of real and nominal variables. First, the contribution of world comovements to domestic output growth has decreased over the post-WWII period. The contribution of regional comovements, however, has increased significantly. Second, the share of inflation variation due to a global factor has become larger since 1985. Third, over most of the post-WWII period, international comovements within regions have accounted for the bulk of fluctuations in business cycle and inflation. Fourth, prices have become significantly less countercyclical during the post-1984 sample, with the largest contribution due to external developments.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2009 Meeting Papers with number 523.

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Date of creation: 2009
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