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A TALE OF TWO CYCLES IN DEVELOPING AND ADVANCED ECONOMIES: A COUNTRY CASE STUDY COMPARISON

Percic Stanislav (), Marius Apostoaie and Chirlesan Dan ()
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Percic Stanislav: Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, 0

Annals of Faculty of Economics, 2013, vol. 1, issue 2, 440-450

Abstract: This research aims at performing an econometric analysis on the credit cycle and business cycle from a comparative perspective, with a focus on ten developing and advanced economies from the area of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, in order to better understand their behaviour and the impact of the interactions between them. To achieve this aim, the study focuses on two strategic objectives: a) on the one hand, it analyzes the short-term dynamics (from one quarter to the other) of the relationships between credit expansion and economic growth in order to better grasp which variable influences the other; and b) on the other hand, the research investigates the cyclical components of the data sets (after extracting them from the real GDP and the total volume of credits given by the banking system to the non-governmental sector), i.e. it performs statistical analysis on the medium-term relationships between the business cycle and the credit cycle for each of the ten European economies. The findings revealed in the first phase of the investigation that we cannot speak of a relation of unidirectional causality between credit expansion and economic growth across countries (not even across geographical regions). In Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovenia, economic growth had an important influence over the crediting activity, thus “guiding†it, whereas in the case of Poland, Romania and Slovakia, Granger-type causality relations were registered from the crediting expansion process towards economic growth. The second part of the investigation revealed that sometimes the credit cycle seems to be independent from the business cycle, manifesting an amplitude, a synchronicity and a volatility that is different from and superior to that of business cycle in all the analyzed countries (“having a mind of its own†). Moreover, there is evidence of important spill-over effects of the credit activity across banking systems at national and regional level thus confirming the international feature of the credit cycle.

Keywords: credit cycle; business cycle; unidirectional causality; amplitude; synchronicity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C01 C19 C29 E30 E32 E51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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