Measuring International Economic Linkages with Stock Market Data
U.S. Federal Reserve Board of Governors
New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance
JOURNAL OF FINANCE, Vol. 51, No. 5, December 1996
This paper develops a new framework for measuring financial and real economic linkages between countries. Using U.S. and U.K. data from 1957 to 1989, we find closer financial linkages after the Bretton Woods currency arrangement was abandoned and Britain suspended exchange controls. In a pair- wise application to fifteen countries over a shorter period, we also find that news about future dividend growth is more highly correlated between countries than contemporaneous output measures. This suggests that there are lags in the international transmission of economic shocks and that contemporaneous output correlation may understate the magnitude of integration.
JEL Classification: F36
Date posted: February 13, 1997