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Beirne, John, Renzhi, Nuobu and Volz, Ulrich (2023) 'When the United States and the People’s Republic of China Sneeze: Monetary Policy Spillovers to Asian Economies.' Open Economies Review, 34 (3). pp. 519-540.

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This paper examines monetary policy spillovers from the US and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to real and financial sectors in advanced and emerging Asian economies over the period 2000 to 2020. Using a structural vector autoregression (SVAR) approach, we find that Asian economies overall are more susceptible to spillovers to GDP, inflation, and the current account emanating from monetary policy shocks in the PRC than to those from the US. This is related to high inter- regional trade integration in Asia and is in line with previous research findings. However, while the prevailing literature has highlighted the dominant role of US monetary policy as a transmitter of shocks to global and Asian financial markets, we find more persistence in the response of advanced Asian interest rates to PRC mon- etary policy shocks. In addition, emerging Asian economies are found to be more susceptible to shocks emanating from the PRC in respect of equity markets and exchange rates. The rising synchronization of Asian financial markets in relation to the PRC as the financial account in the PRC has gradually opened as well as indirect effects via trade and regional value chains help to rationalize our findings.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Monetary Policy,  Global Financial Cycle, International Spillovers, US, People’s Republic of China
SOAS Departments & Centres: Regional Centres and Institutes > Centre of South East Asian Studies
Regional Centres and Institutes > SOAS China Institute
Departments and Subunits > Department of Economics
ISSN: 09237992
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2023 17:06

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