Euro Area Business Cycles in Turbulent Times: Convergence or Decoupling?

36 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2015

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Filippo Ferroni

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Benjamin Klaus

European Central Bank (ECB)

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Date Written: July 9, 2015

Abstract

We study the business cycle properties of the four largest euro area economies in the wake of the recent recession episodes. The analysis is based on the factors estimated from a multi-country and multi-sector data-rich environment. We measure alikeness of business cycles by studying the synchronization of up and down phases, the convergence properties of country fluctuations towards the euro area cycles and the contribution of the euro area factor to national GDP volatilities. While the economic fluctuations of the four euro area member states were similar before the global financial turmoil, we gather compelling evidence of an asymmetric behaviour of Spanish fluctuations relative to the euro area one.

Keywords: Hierarchical factor models, International business cycles, Synchronization and Convergence ECB

JEL Classification: C51, E32, O52

Suggested Citation

Ferroni, Filippo and Klaus, Benjamin, Euro Area Business Cycles in Turbulent Times: Convergence or Decoupling? (July 9, 2015). ECB Working Paper No. 1819, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2628724 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2628724

Filippo Ferroni

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago ( email )

230 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60604
United States

Benjamin Klaus (Contact Author)

European Central Bank (ECB) ( email )

Frankfurt
Germany

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