Latin American growth cycles. Empirical evidence: 1960 - 2000

  • Ana María Cerro
  • José Pineda


This paper measures and explains to what extent Latin American countries’ growth cycles experienced co-movement in the last forty years, using different methodologies. We find that short lasting cycles showed a great dispersion among cyclical correlation, while long lasting ones displayed considerable co-movement. From the structural VAR approach, the results imply a very low degree of co-movement among the shocks affecting these economies. There exist important differences regarding the speed of adjustment and the excess volatility of demand shocks. Processes of integration among Latin-American countries need more policy coordination prior to any attempt to go further in an economic integration process.
Keywords Trend-cycle decomposition, Common cycles, Cointegration
How to Cite
Cerro, A., & Pineda, J. (2016). Latin American growth cycles. Empirical evidence: 1960 - 2000. Estudios de Economía, 29(1), pp. 89-108. Retrieved from