How Financial Conditions Matter Differently Across Latin America
28 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2017
Date Written: October 2017
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
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