S-Space College of Social Sciences (사회과학대학) Institute of Economics Research (경제연구소) Seoul Journal of Economics Seoul Journal of Economics vol.16(2) (Summer 2003)
Growth and Investment in East Asia Before and After the Financial Crisis
- Barro, Robert J.; Lee, JongWha
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- Seoul Journal of Economics, Vol.16 No.2, pp. 83-118
- In 1997-8, five East Asian countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, the Philippines, and Thailand - experienced sharp currency and banking crises. The contraction of real GDP was severe in relation to the previous history and in comparison with five East Asian countries that were less affected by the financial crisis. Recoveries in the five countries were strong in some cases, but it is unclear whether the pre-crisis growth rates will be reattained. Indications for permanently depressed prospects come from the sharp reductions in investment ratios. which have recovered only slightly. and the lowered stock market prices. A panel analysis for a broad group of economies shows that a combined currency and banking crisis typically reduces economic growth over a five-year period by 2% per year. The East Asian experience over the 1997-8 crisis is in general consistent with this stylized pattern. The broader analysis found no evidence that financial crises had effects on growth that persisted beyond a five-year period.