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Output Spillovers from U.S. Monetary Policy: The Role of International Trade and Financial Linkages
We estimate that U.S. monetary policy has sizable spillover effects on global economic activity. In response to a surprise increase in the federal funds rate of 25 basis points, real output in our sample of 44 countries declines on average by 0.9% after three years. We find that international trade is a more important factor than international finance in explaining these spillovers. In particular, countries with a high share of exports and imports in output have 79% larger responses than countries with a low share, whereas we do not find significant heterogeneity depending on a country’s ...
The Transmission Mechanisms of International Business Cycles: Output Spillovers through Trade and Financial Linkages
We study the transmission channels through which shocks affect the global economy and the cross-country comovement of real economic activity. For this purpose, we collect detailed data on international trade and financial linkages as well as domestic macro and financial variables for a large set of countries. We document significant international output comovement following U.S. monetary shocks, and find that openness to international trade matters more than financial openness in explaining cross-country spillovers. In particular, output in countries with a high share of exports and imports ...
Modern Pandemics: Recession and Recovery
We examine the immediate effects and bounce-back from six modern health crises: 1968 Flu, SARS (2003), H1N1 (2009), MERS (2012), Ebola (2014), and Zika (2016). Time-series models for a large cross-section of countries indicate that real GDP growth falls by around three percentage points in affected countries relative to unaffected countries in the year of the outbreak. Bounce-back in GDP growth is rapid, but output is still below pre-shock level five years later. Unemployment for less educated workers is higher and exhibits more persistence, and there is significantly greater persistence in ...
How Does Trade Impact the Way GDP Growth and Inflation Comove Across Countries?
Seemingly small international trade linkages can lead to substantial spillovers across countries, going a long way in explaining the well-documented global comovement in GDP growth and inflation across countries. The spillovers come largely from indirect effects, with shocks in a foreign country not only propagating to the domestic economy directly but also cumulating through the trade network via other foreign countries. We develop and estimate a model incorporating these network effects, and we find that inflationary shocks in Europe have substantial effects on U.S. inflation and that U.S. ...