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Structural Asymmetries and Financial Imbalances in the Eurozone

Ivan Jaccard () and Frank Smets

Review of Economic Dynamics, 2020, vol. 36, 73-102

Abstract: Many southern European economies experience large capital inflows during periods of expansion that are followed by abrupt capital flow reversals when a recession hits. This paper studies the dynamics of cross-border flows between the North and South of Europe in a two-country DSGE model with incomplete international asset markets. Over the business cycle, the direction of capital flows between the two regions can be explained by a model in which common shocks have asymmetric effects on debtor and creditor economies. This mechanism explains why aggregate consumption is more volatile in the South than in the North and generates a higher welfare cost of business cycle fluctuations in the region that experiences procyclical net capital inflows. We also study the adjustment to asymmetric financial shocks. (Copyright: Elsevier)

Keywords: Cross-border financial markets; International business cycle; Financial frictions; Composite habits (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F32 F20 G17 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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