This paper studies the intranational business cycle-that is the set of regional (prefectural) business cycles-in Japan. One reason for choosing to examine the Japanese case is that long time series of relatively detailed data are available. A Hodrick-Prescott filter is applied to identify cycles in annual data from 1955 to 1995 and bilateral cross-correlations of prefectural GDPs are calculated for all pairs of prefectures, in our results we find fairly high cross-correlations. The paper then turns to an econometric explanation of the cross-correlation coefficients in the augmented gravity model framework. Two prefectures with similar GDPs and a shorter distance between them lead to business cycle synchronization whilst those with larger regional gaps in factor endowments (capital, labour, and human capital) result in more idiosyncratic business cycle.
|Number of pages||23|
|Journal||Oxford Economic Papers|
|Publication status||Published - 2011 Jan|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Economics and Econometrics