The Great Recession: A Self-Fulfilling Global Panic

32 Pages Posted: 15 May 2013 Last revised: 25 Jul 2016

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Philippe Bacchetta

University of Lausanne; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Swiss Finance Institute

Eric van Wincoop

University of Virginia - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: May 10, 2013

Abstract

While the 2008-2009 fi…nancial crisis originated in the United States, we witnessed steep declines in output, consumption and investment of similar magnitudes around the globe. This raises two questions. First, given the observed strong home bias in goods and fi…nancial markets, what can account for the remarkable global business cycle synchronicity during this period? Second, what can explain the difference relative to previous recessions, where we witnessed far weaker co-movement? To address these questions, we develop a two-country model that allows for self-fulfi…lling business cycle panics. We show that a business cycle panic will necessarily be synchronized across countries as long as there is a minimum level of economic integration. Moreover, we show that several factors generated particular vulnerability to such a global panic in 2008: tight credit, the zero lower bound, unresponsive fi…scal policy and increased economic integration.

Keywords: Great Recession, International co-movements, Contagion

JEL Classification: F40, F41, F44, E32

Suggested Citation

Bacchetta, Philippe and van Wincoop, Eric, The Great Recession: A Self-Fulfilling Global Panic (May 10, 2013). Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper No. 13-28, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2264893 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2264893

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