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Is real GDP stationary? Evidence from a panel unit root test with cross-sectional dependence and historical data

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  • Aslanidis, Nektarios
  • Fountas, Stilianos

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We use historical data that cover more than one century on real GDP for industrial countries and employ the Pesaran panel unit root test that allows for cross-sectional dependence to test for a unit root on real GDP. We find strong evidence against the unit root null. Our results are robust to the chosen group of countries and the sample period. Key words: real GDP stationarity, cross-sectional dependence, CIPS test. JEL Classification: C23, E32

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Paper provided by Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2072/181404.

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  1. Papell, David H & Prodan, Ruxandra, 2004. "The Uncertain Unit Root in U.S. Real GDP: Evidence with Restricted and Unrestricted Structural Change," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 36(3), pages 423-27, June.
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