How Important is the Global Financial Cycle? Evidence from Capital Flows

63 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2017

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Eugenio Cerutti

International Monetary Fund (IMF); Johns Hopkins University

Stijn Claessens

Bank for International Settlements (BIS)

Andrew Kenan Rose

University of California - Haas School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: June 2017

Abstract

This study quantifies the importance of a Global Financial Cycle (GFCy) for capital flows. We use a panel of capital flow data dis-aggregated by direction and type between 1990Q1 and 2015Q5 for 85 countries, and conventional techniques, models and metrics. Since the GFCy is an unobservable concept, we use two methods to represent it: directly observable variables in center economies often linked to it such as the VIX; and indirect manifestations, proxied by common dynamic factors extracted from actual capital flows. Our evidence seems inconsistent with a significant and conspicuous GFCy; both methods combined rarely explain more than a quarter of the variation in capital flows. Succinctly, most variation in capital flows does not seem to be the result of common shocks or stem from observables in a central country like the United States.

Keywords: bonds, center, country, data, empirical, equity, FDI, fit, panel, VIX

JEL Classification: F32, F36, F65, G15

Suggested Citation

Cerutti, Eugenio and Claessens, Stijn and Rose, Andrew Kenan, How Important is the Global Financial Cycle? Evidence from Capital Flows (June 2017). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP12075. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2980835

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Andrew Kenan Rose

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