Interest Rates and Real Business Cycles in Emerging Markets

Interest Rates and Real Business Cycles in Emerging Markets

Title : Interest Rates and Real Business Cycles in Emerging Markets
Number : 10/08
Author(s) : S. Tolga Tiryaki
Language : English
Date : May 2010
Abstract : We study the quantitative effects of interest rates on the business cycles of emerging markets. The real business cycle model featured in Neumeyer and Perri (“Business cycles in emerging economies: The role of interest rates.” Journal of Monetary Economics, March 2005, 52 (2), 345-380.) is calibrated to match Turkish data. Fluctuations in country spread account for only less than 9 percent of output volatility, less than one third of the value found in Neumeyer and Perri. We show that their result critically depends on the magnitude of the working capital parameter, the persistence of the productivity shocks, and the factor shares. We also discuss the effect of correlated shocks on the countercyclicality of the interest rate and net exports.
Keywords : business cycles, emerging markets, working capital, country spreads
JEL Codes : E32, F32

Interest Rates and Real Business Cycles in Emerging Markets
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