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Macroeconomic Fluctuations in the Caribbean; The Role of Climatic and External Shocks

Sebastian Sosa and Paul Cashin ()

No 09/159, IMF Working Papers from International Monetary Fund

Abstract: This paper develops country-specific VAR models with block exogeneity restrictions to analyze how exogenous factors affect business cycles in the Eastern Caribbean. It finds that external shocks play a key role, explaining more than half of macroeconomic fluctuations in the region. Domestic business cycles are especially vulnerable to changes in climatic conditions, with a natural disaster leading to an immediate and significant fall in output-but the effects do not appear to be persistent. Oil price and external demand shocks also contribute significantly to domestic macroeconomic fluctuations. An increase in oil prices (external demand) is contractionary (expansionary), and the effects dissipate up to three years after the shock.

Keywords: External shocks; Economic models; Business cycles; Cross country analysis; Climatic changes; Caribbean; Regional shocks; Business cycle, VAR, block exogeneity, Eastern Caribbean, gdp growth, real gdp, Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models: Time-Series Models, Open Economy Macroeconomics, (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2009-07-01
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