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Good news is bad news: Leverage cycles and sudden stops

Ozge Akinci and Ryan Chahrour

Journal of International Economics, 2018, vol. 114, issue C, 362-375

Abstract: We estimate a model with an occasionally-binding collateral constraint, and find that half of productivity shocks are anticipated by households. In the estimated model, good news about productivity raises leverage, increasing the probability that a Sudden Stop occurs in future periods. In the run-up to the Sudden Stop, the economy exhibits a boom period with consumption and investment above trend, consistent with the data. During the Sudden Stop, the nonlinear effects of the constraint induce consumption and investment to fall substantially below trend and the trade balance to reverse sharply, as they do in the data. The risk created by good news is large, with nearly 90% of Sudden Stops occurring after positive news shocks.

Keywords: News Shocks; Sudden Stops; Leverage; Boom-Bust Cycle (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E32 F41 F44 G15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jinteco.2018.07.006

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