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posted on 11 February 2018

Global Interfirm Network Reveals Centrality Of U.S. And Financial Sector

from the Dallas Fed

-- this post authored by Everett Grant and Julieta Yung

Integration across firms - including greater international connectivity - has increased over the past three decades.

While the unprecedented worldwide global financial crisis highlighted the extent of connectedness, its implications beyond crises and recessions have fostered a renewed interest in understanding the transmission of shocks across countries and industries.

The global interfirm network reveals that firms are most connected with those in the same industry and country, and the U.S. and the financial sector are at the network’s core. Further, the level of international connectedness has been especially high over the past decade.

These features are important considerations for policymakers and investors when evaluating possible global economic spillovers and the potentially reduced scope for international risk sharing and portfolio diversification.

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