Financial Integration and Macroeconomic Volatility
29 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2003
Date Written: March 2003
This paper examines the impact of international financial integration on macroeconomic volatility in a large group of industrial and developing economies over the period 1960-99. We report two major results: First, while the volatility of output growth has, on average, declined in the 1990s relative to the three preceding decades, we also document that, on average, the volatility of consumption growth relative to that of income growth has increased for more financially integrated developing economies in the 1990s. Second, increasing financial openness is associated with rising relative volatility of consumption, but only up to a certain threshold. The benefits of financial integration in terms of improved risk-sharing and consumption-smoothing possibilities appear to accrue only beyond this threshold.
Keywords: WP, consumption volatility, economy, Financial Globalization, Macroeconomic Fluctuations, Income and Consumption Volatility, International Risk Sharing, income volatility, terms of trade shock, consumption-smoothing opportunity, terms of trade volatility, growth volatility, Consumption, Financial integration, Income, Capital flows, Terms of trade, Global
JEL Classification: F41, F42, F36, E21, G10, E25, F21, F14
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