Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies Journal (Print ISSN: 1096-3685; Online ISSN: 1528-2635)

Research Article: 2021 Vol: 25 Issue: 6

Impact of Global Financial Crisis 2008-09 and Global Oil Prices on the Economic Growth of Asean Countries: An Evidence from Driscoll-Kraay Standard Errors Regression

Ali Burhan Khan, Finance and Banking University Utara Malaysia

Thathira Siriphan, Songkhla Rajabhat University

Rarina Mookda, Songkhla Rajabhat University

Tunwarat Kongnun, Pibulsongkram Rajabhat University

Sudarat Rattanapong, Pibulsongkram Rajabhat University

Yusraw Omanee, Phuket Rajabhat University

Pinsuda Thonghom, University Utara Malaysia

Citation Information: Khan, A.B., Siriphan, T., Mookda, R., Kongnun, T., Rattanapong, S., Omanee, Y., & Thonghom, P. (2021). Impact of Global Financial Crisis 2008-09 and Global Oil Prices on the Economic Growth of Asean Countries: An Evidence from Driscoll-Kraay Standard Errors Regression. Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies Journal, 25(6), 1-11.

Abstract

The origin of the global financial crisis was advanced economies, but it put severe consequences on emerging economies. Therefore, in this paper, we attempt to analyze the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) 2008-09 on the economic growth of ASEAN countries. Besides, the current study also captured the impact of global oil prices on economic growth. An empirical investigation was performed with the help of Driscoll-Kraay standard errors regression. The study sample consists of 5-ASEAN countries (Indonesia, Malasia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand) and covers the period 2001-2019. According to the results, GFC proved to be harmful to the economic growth of selected ASEAN countries. Notwithstanding, change in oil prices does not explain the economic growth. The current study has implications for policymakers of ASEAN that by considering the negative consequences of GFC, they should adopt an effective policy to tackle any such type of crisis in the future.

Keywords

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Exports, Global Financial Crisis, Global Stock Index Performance, Oil Prices.

Introduction

The Global Financial Crisis (GFC), which resulted from the US subprime crisis in 2007, created a lack of trust among investors and dried up the global market (Merrouche & Nier, 2010). Due to such development, GFC translated into a liquidity crisis (Kawai, 2009). In 2008, this crisis spill-over the global economy and resulted in regulatory failures in many countries. The impact of GFC was felt by the whole world (Trihadmini & Falianty, 2020), and its consequences are still alive. These consequences also resulted in the sudden deterioration of wealth (Aamir & Shah, 2018).

Even the group of ASEAN-4 countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand) is homogeneous, the impact of GFC on them was not uniform (Sangsubhan & Basri, 2012). There are various reasons for such varying effects. First, more open economies such as Malaysia and Thailand faced more significant trade shocks. Second, in Indonesia and the Philippines, countercyclical fiscal stimulus was more powerful and sustained for a more extended time. Third,  idiosyncratic factors pushed output down in Thailand and up in extended time. Third, idiosyncratic factors pushed output down in Thailand and up in Indonesia. For Thailand, these factors were natural disasters and political instability. In contrast, in Indonesia, these factors were fortuitously timed election spending and investment-friendly structural reforms. According to International Monetary Fund (2010), the total output of ASEAN-5 countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam) plummeted to 1.7 percent in 2009 from 4.5 percent in 2008. Among these countries, Indonesia’s economy showed much resilience against GFC and kept growing at around 4.5 percent during 2009. The credit goes to less dependence on trade and solid domestic demand.

Before the GFC, ASEAN nations grew at an annual rate of about 5 percent. As the GFC start, Thailand and Malaysia became the principal victim of GFC by having -7.2 percent and -6.4 percent change in real GDP from the third quarter of 2008 to the first quarter of 2009. The growth rate of the Philippines declined for just one quarter, whereas Indonesia’s did not face any decline. After the GFC, the growth rate difference among ASEAN countries become wider. As opposed to Indonesia’s 6.5 percent growth rate, Thailand just attained a 3 percent. By 2012, the Philippines managed to sustain pre GFC growth rate. Finally, Thailand faced the slowest growth rate after GFC. the overall trade growth of ASEAN nations during post covid period was below than expected (Kabir et al., 2018).

During the post GFC period, various factors played a crucial role in such wider difference in growth among ASEAN countries. The main factor was the size of external shocks (Isnawangsih et al., 2013). These shocks and magnitude of trade were different for different ASEAN countries. The transmission of these shocks to the domestic economy depended on the degree of financial development, the composition of exports, degree of trade openness, corporate and household balance sheets, and the banking sector’s strength. Notwithstanding, the role played by policymakers during the post-GFC period was also a matter of great importance. Notwithstanding, the ASEAN countries with more robust monetary and fiscal policies performed better after GFC.

Energy plays a vital role in the global economic system. Although there is an increase in debate related to the use of alternate renewable sources such as solar, water, and nuclear, oil is still a significant energy source for the global economy (Abdelsalam, 2020). Change in oil prices could have implications for oil exporting and importing countries. For the former category, it determines the production cost, and for later, it is a significant source of revenue for a country (Abdelsalam, 2020). For oil-exporting countries, an increase in oil prices can increase their available funding for development projects. Therefore, these countries’ fiscal and monetary policies are influenced by oil prices (Saddiqui et al., 2018).

Fluctuation in oil prices can also impact transportation cost, production cost and heating bills (Abdelsalam, 2020). More specifically, it affects the prices of goods made with petroleum products. Oil prices spikes also create uncertainty about the future; as a result, households and firms delay the purchase and investment decisions. An increase in oil prices also shifts labour and capital from the energy-intensive sector to a non-energy intensive sector. Due to these reasons, an increase in oil prices significantly reduces economic growth (Sill, 2007). During the last two decades, oil prices exhibited greater swings. The fluctuations of oil prices were due to shortage or oversupply of oil in the global market. The changes in oil supply to the global market were motivated by diverse economic and political factors. Such changes also created oil-price volatility and shocks.

To the best of the authors’ knowledge, no study in previous literature addressed the impact of the Global Financial Crisis 2008-09 and global oil prices on the economic growth of ASEAN countries. Therefore, this study empirically fills this gap. Additionally, current research relies on the most advanced and robust technique, named Driscoll-Kraay standard errors regression, to analyze such impact. In line with the identified empirical gap, this research contributes to the ASEAN region’s economy by exploring the role played by the Global Financial Crisis 2008-09 and global oil prices.

The rest of the paper is organized as follows. Section 2 presents the relevant literature review. Section 3 explains the research methodology. Section 4 provides a discussion of the results. The last section concludes the research by highlighting major findings and providing policy implications.

Literature Review

Global Financial Crisis (GFC)

The economic or financial crisis could have serious consequence for investors. Therefore, this topic has attracted academic researchers’ considerable attention (Kotkatvuori-Örnberg et al., 2013). For instance, the crash of 1987 (Forbes & Rigobon, 2002), the Latin American Crisis of 1994-1995 (Fratzscher, 1998), Asian crises of 1997 (Berg & Pattillo, 1999; Fratzscher, 1998; McKenzie, 2007), Brazilian crisis 1997–1998 (Kenourgios et al., 2011), Russian crisis 1998 (Pinto & Ulatov, 2010), technology bubble collapse of 2000 (Perez, 2009), the terrorist attacks of 9.11 (Hon et al., 2004) and Brazilian crisis 2002 (Grigera et al., 2019) have been widely investigated. Besides these crises, the Global financial crisis was the worst (Wang et al., 2017) and the second major hit to the global economy after the 1930’s great depression (Reserve Bank of Australia, 2020). More recently, studies have addressed the relationship of GFC 2008-09 with economic growth (R. Ahmad et al., 2016; Blundell-Wignall & Roulet, 2014; Dao, 2017; Raza & Abd Karim, 2017; Schoenbaum, 2012; Tabata, 2009).

At the start of October 2007, the equity market of the world was standing at an all-time high by having a market capitalization of more than USD 51 trillion. The things which happened in the upcoming 17 months proved to be the most extensive destruction of market capitalization in history. By February 2009, the global equity market capitalization was standing at about USD 22 trillion. This drop was more than 56 percent and was equivalent to 50 percent of the GDP of the world for 2007. At the time of the GFC, the whole economy of the world was facing a fear of total collapse (Merrouche & Nier, 2010).

On September 15, 2008, as the Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, everything fell rapidly (Bartram & Bodnar, 2009), and a severe global financial crisis took place (Chen & Yeh, 2021). Afterwards, this crisis started to control the rest of the world (Grout & Zalewska, 2016). The intensity of this crisis was so hard as it left no place for an equity investor to hide (Bartram & Bodnar, 2009). Moreover, a Study by Bekhet and Yasmin (2014) in the market of Malaysia reported a significant negative impact of GFC on export and economic growth. Accordingly, Chen and Yeh (2021) established a negative relationship between the global financial crisis of 2008 with the financial market.In the context of developing countries, Ahmad et al. (2016) concluded that GFC reduced the positive effect of stock market development and banking sector development on economic growth in selected developing countries. In addition, Voskoboynikov (2017) reported that labour productivity growth declined after the global financial crisis period in Russia.

Oil Prices

Oil is a significant source to fulfil energy demand since the last century (Brini et al., 2016), specifically after World War II (Basnet & Upadhyaya, 2015). In 2008, it covered one-third of the total energy needs of the world. Due to such heavy dependence on oil, most of the world’s countries are affected by crude oil prices movement; either consumers, producers, or both (Brini et al., 2016).
Oil price is an essential factor that influences domestic economies (Cuñado & Gracia, 2003; Hamilton, 1983, 2011). It was stated by Razmi et al. (2016) that oil prices during the period of the global financial crisis significantly impacted the ASEAN countries. A study by Cuñado & Gracia (2003) found the short run asymmetric impact of oil prices on economic growth in European countries. Inline, Hamilton (2011) also found the non-linear relationship between oil prices and GDP growth rate. According to Hamilton (1983), oil price shocks were a contributer to the US recession before 1972. They also claimed that an increase in energy prices could also impact the post-OPEC macroeconomic performance. Abdelsalam (2020) research found that an increase in oil prices positively impacts oil exporting countries. On the contrary, the impact on oil-importing countries was negative. Their sample consisted of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries over 1970–2018.

Control Variables

Global Index Performance (measured by MSCI global index return) and exports were selected as control variables in this study. The change in global stock prices causes uncertainty for the global economic policy (Hall & Bentley, 2018). Such uncertainty can impact the economic growth of a country. As reported by Harvey (1991), the world returns significantly influenced the economy of Japan. A similar conclusion was also drawn by Møller and Rangvid (2018). Their sample consists of 12 developed economies and covered the period 1970-2013. Additionally, MSCI Barra Research (2010) Found that trends in the global equity index and GDP follow the same direction in the long term.

Exports are the engine of the economic growth of a country. In addition, export-led economic growth is becoming the focus of theoretical and empirical work (Pan & Nguyen, 2018). Furthermore, the relationship between export and economic growth also has central importance in development policy (Ahmad & Harnhirun, 1996). An increase in exports can be a positive contributor to GDP as it is an essential component of GDP (Pan & Nguyen, 2018).

ASEAN, a regional security concerned organization in the past, is now becoming economic growth-oriented. It is also realizing that it can promote regional development with the help of exports and global trade. Therefore, ASEAN countries continuously exploring ways to increase their exports. It was recommended by Pan and Nguyen (2018) that to promote economic development, ASEAN countries should get benefit by increasing their exports to western industrialized nations.

The economic success of Asian Newly Industrializing Countries (NICs) encouraged other Asian countries to adopt aggressive export promotion strategies, and some countries managed to achieve it (Ahmad & Harnhirun, 1996). The 5-ASEAN countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand), selected in this study, set a good example of economic success by finding their reasonable share in the global economy. Although these countries’ economies are export-based, there is still a difference in the export commodity of each country. For instance, Singapore mainly exports the manufactured goods. Indonesia’s export is based on primary commodities such as rubber, petroleum and plywood. The main exports of Thailand are rice, electronic parts and automobiles. Malaysia is an exporter of palm oil, petroleum, electronics components and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). The Philippines is the main exporter of labour and heavily depends on the remittances sent by the labour working abroad. In the ASEAN, Furuoka (2009) study reported the significant impact of exports on selected ASEAN countries. On the contrary, Ahmad and Harnhirun (1996) did not find any such relationship.

Research Methodology

Data and Measurement

In this study, yearly data of selected variables was collected from 2001-2019. Economic growth was chosen as a dependent variable, global financial crisis and global oil prices as independent variables whereas, global stock index performance and exports were taken as control variables. Each variable consists of 95 observations. The sample of this study consists of ASEAN-5 countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The same sample of the ASEAN region was also targeted by Furuoka (2009) and Ahmad & Harnhirun (1996) study while analyzing the relationship between exports and economic growth. The summary view of selected variables, measurement, support of previous literature and data sources is provided in Table 1.

Table 1 Selected Variables’ Names, Notations, Measurement and Source
Variable Variable Type Measurement Literature Support Source
Economic Growth (EG) Dependent GDP growth (annual %) (Nkusu, 2011; Staehr & Uusküla, 2021; Umar & Sun, 2018) Bloomberg Data Terminal
Global Financial Crisis (GFC) Independent Dummy variable “1” for crisis period 2008-09, “0” otherwise Studies considered 2008-09 as Global Financial Crisis period include: Isnawangsih et al. (2013); Bartram and Bodnar (2009), and Kotkatvuori-Örnberg et al. (2013) Bloomberg Data Terminal
Global Oil Prices (GOP) Independent Change in Brent crude oil prices (Novotný, 2012) Bloomberg Data Terminal
Global Stock Index Performance (GSI) Control MSCI global index return (Assefa & Mollick, 2014; Graham et al., 2016; Khamlichi et al., 2014) Bloomberg Data Terminal
Exports (EXP) Control Nominal Value (percentage) (Celebi & Hönig, 2019) Bloomberg Data Terminal

The econometric form of relationship between independent, dependent and control variables is reported in equation 1:

equation

Where EG represents economic growth, GFC stands for the global financial crisis, GOP exhibits global oil prices, GSI indicates global stock index performance, and EXP shows exports.

For empirical investigation, current research adopted Driscoll-Kraay standard errors regression approach developed by (Driscoll & Kraay, 1998). This approach is a nonparametric covariance matrix estimator. This estimator produces such heteroskedasticity and autocorrelation-consistent standard errors which are robust to common forms of spatial and temporal dependence. The original contribution of Driscoll and Kraay considers only balanced panels (Hoechle, 2007).

The use of robust standard errors is common in case some assumptions of the underlying regression model are violated. In this scenario, the application of robust standard errors also ensures the validity of statistical inference. Driscoll-Kraay standard errors regression approach removes the inefficiencies of other large-T consistent covariance matrix estimators like the PCSE approach and Parks Kmenta. These estimators are inappropriate when cross-sectional dimension N becomes larger (Hoechle, 2007). Driscoll-Kraay standard errors regression is an advanced and robust technique for heteroskedasticity, autocorrelation and cross-sectional dependence. This technique is widely applied by previous research (Al-Gamrh et al., 2020; Baloch et al., 2019; Erden et al., 2015; Khasawneh & Dasouqi, 2017; Pazienza, 2015). The equation of the current study by using Driscoll-Kraay standard errors regression is shown in equation 2:

equation

In the above equation, yi,t is the dependent variable (Economic Growth) and a scaler. xi,t represents the independent (global financial crisis and global oil prices) and control variables (global stock index performance and exports).

Results and Interpretations

The descriptive statistics and correlation are reported in the Table A1 and A2 of the appendix. The results of Driscoll-Kraay standard errors regression are presented in Table 2.

Table 2 Driscoll-Kraay Standard Errors Regression Results
Variable Coefficient Drisc/Kraay Standard Error P-value
C 7.841 2.990 0.017
GFC -3.061*** .992 0.006
OP -.930 .959 0.345
GSI -1.819 2.264 0.432
EXP .058** .025 0.034

According to the results reported in Table 2, the highly significant and negative impact (at the level of 0.05) of GFC on the economic growth of ASEAN is observed. At the same time, oil prices do not influence the economic growth of selected ASEAN countries. In terms of control variables, exports are significant positive contributors to ASEAN nations’ economic growth.

The negative impact of GFC on the ASEAN countries indicate that as the GFC impacted the whole world (Aamir & Shah, 2018; Trihadmini & Falianty, 2020), the ASEAN region is not an exception. Similar founding was reported in the case of the Malaysian economy, where GFC put its significant and negative impact on economic growth (Bekhet & Yasmin, 2014). The spill-over effect of the global financial crisis also had a damaging effect on ASEAN economic growth. As it was stated by Blanchard et al. (2010), when the GFC intensified, it transmitted to Europe, than in 2008, it took control of emerging markets. These results also reflect the claim of Isnawangsih et al. (2013) that the distortion due to GFC put ASEAN country’s development on different trajectories. Such trajectories were almost the same before the GFC period.

In terms of control variables, a significant and positive impact of exports on ASEAN economic growth was found in this study. These results are supported by Furuoka (2009) research, which reported the significant influence on export on economic growth. This study’s findings are also consistent with (Pan & Nguyen, 2018) claim that the ASEAN region can increase regional development with the increase in exports. It is because the nature of the ASEAN economy is export-based (Furuoka, 2009).

Conclusion

This paper examines the effect of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) 2008-09 and global oil prices on the economic growth of 5-ASEAN countries, including Indonesia, Malasia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. This research relied on an advanced and robust econometric technique named; Driscoll-Kraay standard errors regression for empirical investigation. According to the results, GFC was a significant negative contributor to the economic growth of ASEAN countries. In contrast, economic growth remains unaffected by the change in oil prices. Moreover, in the context of control variables, an increase in exports proved to be favourable for the economic growth of the ASEAN region. In terms of future implications of this research, it can be used as a decision-support tool for the policymakers of ASEAN countries while considering the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on the ASEAN economy.

Appendix

Table A1 Descriptive Statistics
Variable Observations Mean Std. Dev. Min Max
EG 95 4.906 2.333 -1.513 14.525
GFC 95 - - 0 1
OP 95 64.133 27.785 19.9 111.11
GSI 95 1439.578 405.973 792.21 2358.47
EXP 95 5.795 14.919 -40.3 50.04
Table A2 Multicollinearity Results
Variable GFC OP GIP EXP VIF Tolerance Factor (1/VIF)
GFC 1       1.08 0.924
OP -0.017 1     1.85 0.541
GSI -0.242 0.439 1   1.77 0.563
EXP -0.055 0.676 0.626 1 2.46 0.405

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