North-South business cycles
Abstract: This paper shows that the economic activity of the industrial North and developing South move together - when the North is above its trend, the South tends to be above its trend. We refer to this phenomenon as the \"North-South business cycle.\" The paper develops a quantitative general equilibrium model of North-South trade that captures many cyclical features of North-South trade and production data. In particular, the high volatility of North-South terms of trade, and strong comovement of Northern and Southern activity. On the basis of this model we argue that North-South business cycles emerge because shocks originating in the North are transmitted to the South through international goods and assets trade.
Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Part of Series: Working Paper Series, Macroeconomic Issues
Publication Date: 1996