, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 93-122
Date: 22 Jan 2014

Do Institutions and Culture Matter for Business Cycles?

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Abstract

We examine the relationship between cyclical fluctuations and macroeconomic, institutional, and cultural indicators for 46 countries from Europe and the Mediterranean basin. In the Mediterranean cycles are different: the duration of expansions is shorter; the amplitude of recessions is larger; and cyclical synchronization is smaller than elsewhere. Differences in cultural indicators have strong and significant associations with differences in the persistence and volatility of cyclical fluctuations and their synchronization.