Crises and Recoveries in an Empirical Model of Consumption Disasters
AbstractWe estimate an empirical model of consumption disasters using a new panel data set on consumption and output for over 20 countries and more than 100 years. The model allows for permanent and transitory effects of disasters, nesting both unit root and trend stationary consumption growth. We estimate the model using Bayesian methods. Our empirical estimates imply that the probability of entering a disaster state is 3.5%, and the probability of continuing in the disaster state is 47%. During the average disaster, consumption falls by 19%, but a large fraction of disasters involve consumption drops of over 30%. Mean reversion after a disaster is rapid; however, the long-run effect of disasters is estimated to be about 2/3 of their original size. We investigate the asset pricing implications of these rare disasters.
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- Emi Nakamura & Jón Steinsson & Robert Barro & José Ursúa, 2013. "Crises and Recoveries in an Empirical Model of Consumption Disasters," American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, American Economic Association, vol. 5(3), pages 35-74, July.
- Emi Nakamura & Jón Steinsson & Robert Barro & José Ursúa, 2010. "Crises and Recoveries in an Empirical Model of Consumption Disasters," NBER Working Papers 15920, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
- E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
- G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
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