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Cyclical Behaviour of Macroeconomic Policies and Capital Flows: A Study of Asian Countries

This paper examines cyclicality in fiscal and monetary policies including capital flows in 28 Asian countries and explains the cyclicality of fiscal policy by considering the effects of corruption and democracy. The paper analyses the nature of macroeconomic policies adopted by these Asian countries and the underlying factors behind such choices. The analysis brings out four key stylised facts. First, fiscal policy and capital flows are mostly pro-cyclical in lower income countries and a-cyclical (or slightly counter-cyclical) in higher income countries. Second, monetary policy is mostly a-cyclical (or slightly pro-cyclical) in lower income countries and counter-cyclical in higher income countries. Third, emerging East Asian countries show more pro-cyclical fiscal policy than South Asian and Middle Eastern countries. Fourth, there is a positive correlation between corruption and pro-cyclicality of fiscal policy.