The global financial crisis: Explaining cross-country differences in the output impact
S. Pelin Berkmen,
R. Gaston Gelos,
Robert Rennhack and
James P. Walsh
Journal of International Money and Finance, 2012, vol. 31, issue 1, 42-59
What explains differences in the crisis impact across developing countries and emerging markets? Using cross-country regressions to assess the factors driving the growth performance in 2009 (compared to pre-crisis forecasts for that year), we find that a small set of variables explain a large share of the variation in the growth impact. Countries with more leveraged domestic financial systems, stronger credit growth, and more short-term debt tended to suffer a larger effect on economic activity, although the relative importance of these factors differs across country groups. For emerging markets, this financial channel trumps the trade channel. For a broader set of developing countries, however, the trade channel seems to have mattered, with more open countries affected more strongly and those exporting food commodities being less hard hit. Exchange-rate flexibility helped in buffering the impact of the shock, particularly for emerging markets. There is also some evidence that countries with a stronger fiscal position prior to the crisis were impacted less severely. We find little evidence for the importance of other policy variables.
Keywords: Global crisis; Transmission of shocks; Emerging markets; Cross–country linkages (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F41 F42 G01 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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