Financial Cycles in Euro Area Economies: A Cross-Country Perspective
36 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2018
Date Written: 2018
We study the cross-country dimension of financial cycles for six euro area countries using three different methodologies: principal component analysis, synchronicity and similarity measures and wavelet analysis. We find that equity prices and interest rates display synchronization across countries similar to or exceeding that of real GDP. In contrast, our estimates show much lower cross-country synchronization of credit variables and house prices - bank lending to nonfinancial firms being an exception with relatively large cross-country co-movements. These results are robust across the different estimation methodologies. Concerning time-variation we find evidence for a decline in the extent of co-movements in house prices over time while comovements in the term spread have increased with the introduction of the European monetary union.
Keywords: financial cycles, band-pass filter, principal components, wavelet analysis
JEL Classification: C32, C38, E44, E51
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