Business Cycles in International Historical Perspective

43 Pages Posted: 31 Oct 1999  

Susanto Basu

Boston College, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Alan M. Taylor

University of California, Davis - Department of Economics; University of Virginia - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: April 1999

Abstract

This paper examines business cycles theoretically and empirically, with a quantitative study based on experience over the long run and in a cross section of countries. Several major questions in business cycle theory are explored. Theoretical concerns indicate that the properties of business cycle models depend not only on important structural aspects of the model such as money neutrality, labor market structure, and price adjustment, but also on the closure of the model in international markets. Econometric considerations suggest that more information about the country-specific versus universal features of cycles could be gleaned from the study of panel data. A review of business cycle properties in a sample of over a dozen countries is considered in light of these issues.

Suggested Citation

Basu, Susanto and Taylor, Alan M., Business Cycles in International Historical Perspective (April 1999). NBER Working Paper No. w7090. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=162971

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