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The U.S. business cycle typically leads the European cycle by a few quarters and this can be used to forecast euro area GDP. The author investigates whether financial variables carry additional information and uses vector autoregressions (VARs) which include the U.S. and the euro area GDPs as a minimal set of variables as well as growth in the Rest of the World (an aggregation of seven small countries) and selected combinations of financial variables. Impulse responses (in-sample) show that shocks to financial variables influence real activity.
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