BIS: Financial sector ups and downs and the real sector in the open economy

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on April 26, 2013

Financial sector ups and downs and the real sector in the open economy: Up by the stairs, down by the parachute by Joshua Aizenman, Brian Pinto and Vladyslav Sushko. Working Papers No 411, April 2013

  • “We examine how financial expansion and contraction cycles affect the broader economy through their impact on real economic sectors in a panel of countries over 1960-2005. Periods of accelerated growth of the financial sector are more likely to be followed by abrupt financial contractions than are periods of slower financial sector growth. Sharp fluctuations in the financial sector have strongly asymmetric effects, with the majority of real sectors adversely affected by contractions, but not helped by expansions. The adverse effects of financial contractions are transmitted almost exclusively through the financial openness channel, with precautionary foreign exchange reserve holdings serving as a key buffer.”
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