Business cycle synchronization in Europe: Evidence from the Scandinavian Currency Union

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Ulf Michael Bergman, Lars Jonung

In this paper we study business cycle synchronization in the three Scandinavian countries Denmark, Norway and Sweden prior to, during and after the Scandinavian Currency Union 1873–1913. We find that the degree of synchronization tended to increase during the currency union, thus supporting earlier empirical evidence. Estimates of factor models suggest that common Scandinavian shocks are important for these three countries. At the same time we find evidence suggesting that the importance of these shocks does not depend on the monetary regime.
Original languageEnglish
JournalManchester School
Volume79
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)268-292
Number of pages25
ISSN1463-6786
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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