Aggregate Shocks Decomposition for Eight East Asian Countries

Journal of Asia Pacific Economy, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2011

44 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2012

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Grace Lee

Monash University, Department of Economics

Date Written: February 12, 2011

Abstract

Every economy experiences peaks and troughs in its business cycle. This paper employs Bayesian dynamic factor model which allows the decomposition of aggregate shocks into country-specific, regional and world common business cycles for the East Asian economies. It therefore allows the identification of causes for major events experienced by these countries. Empirical evidence shows that country factors are the most important causes of major events for all these countries examined here, implying the needs to rely more heavily on its own independent counter-cyclical policies. Though playing a less important role than the country-specific factor, regional factor accounts for a sizeable share of output fluctuation in the region. The regional factor is largest for Singapore, Korea, Malaysia and Thailand, indicating that a regional coordinated policy is relatively more effective for these economies to respond to the disturbances. The world factor explains only around 7 percent of the output variation in East Asia, which might explain why the East Asian economies are relatively insulated from the recent global financial crisis.

Keywords: Business Cycle, East Asia, Aggregate Shocks Decomposition, Dynamic Factor Model

JEL Classification: E3

Suggested Citation

Lee, Grace, Aggregate Shocks Decomposition for Eight East Asian Countries (February 12, 2011). Journal of Asia Pacific Economy, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2139301

Grace Lee (Contact Author)

Monash University, Department of Economics ( email )

Jalan Lagoon Selatan
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Selangor, 46150
Malaysia

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