International Evidence on Friedman's Theory of the Business Cycle
AbstractMilton Friedman's theory of the business cycle implies two empirical regularities tested for here. One regularity i s that business cycles are asymmetric: the size of a contraction affec ts the size of the following expansion but not vice versa. The second regularity is that a supply-side ceiling to aggregate output limits the size of expansions. Friedman's correlation methods yield only very w eak support for the asymmetry hypothesis when applied to real GNP data o f eight OECD countries. A time-series model with a ceiling component f its the data well for a majority of the countries. Copyright 1993 by Oxford University Press.
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Volume (Year): 31 (1993)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
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