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Time to Ditch the Natural Rate?

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  • A. J. Hagger
  • Nicolaas Groenewold
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    We urge macroeconomists to abandon the 'natural rate' as an analytical device on the ground that it has become a source of great and growing confusion. But we press them to recognise that it has great potential as a policy tool provided we grasp the central idea of a hypothetical unemployment rate, which can be compared with the actual unemployment rate. We integrate three hypothetical unemployment rates with the help of an exploratory macro model and then present a quarterly series for each for Australia for the period 1986(2) to 1997(2). We explain how such series could help in policy-making. Copyright 2003. The Economic Society of Australia.

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    Article provided by The Economic Society of Australia in its journal The Economic Record.

    Volume (Year): 79 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 246 (09)
    Pages: 324-335

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:ecorec:v:79:y:2003:i:246:p:324-335

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    Cited by:
    1. Lei Lei Song & John Freebairn, 2006. "How Big Was the Effect of Budget Consolidation on the Australian Economy in the 1990s?," Australian Economic Review, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, vol. 39(1), pages 35-46, 03.
    2. Karanassou, Marika & Sala, Hector, 2009. "Labour Market Dynamics in Australia: What Drives Unemployment?," IZA Discussion Papers 3924, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. Magnus Gustavsson & Pär Österholm, 2010. "The presence of unemployment hysteresis in the OECD: what can we learn from out-of-sample forecasts?," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 38(3), pages 779-792, June.
    4. Michael Graff, 2004. "Estimates of the output gap in real time: how well have we been doing?," Reserve Bank of New Zealand Discussion Paper Series DP 2004/04, Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

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