Have output growth rates stabilised? evidence from the g-7 economies
In this paper we consider an extension of Hamilton's Markov chain model of output growth that allows for a one-time structural break in the hyperparameters. We fit this model to post-war quarterly output growth data from the G-7 economies and find evidence for such a structural break in each of them, although the break occurs at different times. The break is always associated with a decline in volatility and often with a narrowing of the mean growth differential between the expansionary and recessionary regimes. The results show that stabilisation has typically been achieved at the expense of a reduction in growth rates. Copyright (c) Scottish Economic Society 2003.
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Volume (Year): 50 (2003)
Issue (Month): 3 (August)
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