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Large shocks in U.S. macroeconomic time series: 1860-1988

  • Olivier Darné

    ()

    (LEMNA, IEMN–IAE, University of Nantes, Chemin de la Censive du Tertre, BP 52231, 44322 Nantes, France)

  • Amélie Charles

    ()

    (School of Management, Audencia Nantes, 8 route de la Jonelière, 44312 Nantes, France)

In this paper, we examine the large shocks due to major economic or financial events that affected U.S. macroeconomic time series on the period 1860–1988, using outlier methodology. We show that most of these shocks have a temporary effect, showing that the U.S. macroeconomic time series experienced only few large permanent shifts in the long term. Most of these large shocks can be explained by major recessions and World War II as well as by monetary policy for the interest rate data. We also find that some economic events seem to have the same effect (immediate, transitory or permanent) on a number of macroeconomic series. Finally, we show that most macroeconomic time series do not seem inconsistent with a stochastic trend once we adjusted the data for these shocks.

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Article provided by Association Française de Cliométrie (AFC) in its journal Cliometrica, Journal of Historical Economics and Econometric History.

Volume (Year): 5 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 79-100

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