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Measuring the Response of Macroeconomic Uncertainty to Shocks

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  • Kalvinder Shields
  • Nilss Olekalns
  • Ólan T. Henry
  • Chris Brooks

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Recent research documents the importance of uncertainty in determining macroeconomic outcomes, but little is known about the transmission of uncertainty across such outcomes. This paper examines the response of uncertainty about inflation and output growth to shocks documenting statistically significant asymmetries and spillovers. Uncertainty about inflation is a determinant of output uncertainty, while higher growth volatility tends to raise inflation volatility. Both inflation and growth volatility respond asymmetrically to positive and negative shocks. Negative growth shocks and positive shocks to inflation lead to higher and more persistent uncertainty than shocks of equal magnitude but opposite sign. Keywords: Asymmetry, Inflation, Output Growth, Variance Impulse Response Functions

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Paper provided by The University of Melbourne in its series Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number 870.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:mlb:wpaper:870

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