How Financial Conditions Matter Differently Across Latin America

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Luis Brandao-Marques

International Monetary Fund - Monetary and Capital Markets Department

Esther Perez Ruiz

European Union - European Commission

Date Written: October 2017

Abstract

This paper develops comparable financial conditions indices (FCIs) for the six large and most financially-integrated Latin American economies (LA6) by following Korobilis (2013) and Koop and Korobilis (2014). The main findings are as follows. First, the estimated FCIs are influenced by a commodity cycle, a global financial cycle, as well as country-specific episodes of financial distress. Second, by early 2017, financial conditions remained favorable in most LA6 economies relative to historical standards. Third, the impact of financial shocks on economic activity widely varies across LA6 and is otherwise found to be stronger in periods of financial stress. Fourth, exposure to regional financial spillovers also differs across LA6.

Keywords: Economic conditions, Spillovers, Financial cycles, Financial crisis, Econometric models, Cross-country analysis, Latin America, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Financial conditions indexes, TVP-FAVAR, financial spillovers, Forecasting and Simulation, Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy, General

JEL Classification: E17, E44, E50

Suggested Citation

Brandao-Marques, Luis and Perez Ruiz, Esther, How Financial Conditions Matter Differently Across Latin America (October 2017). IMF Working Paper No. 17/218. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3079541

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