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The Reliability of Historical Macroeconomic Data for Comparing Cyclical Stability

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  • Weir, David R.

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The question at issue is whether estimates of GNP and unemployment before 1930 exaggerate cyclical volatility enough to produce a false impression of increasing economic stability over the twentieth century. Based on research to be reported in detail at a later date, the answer is no. The range of possible exaggerations is small relative to the observed change.

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  • Weir, David R., 1986. "The Reliability of Historical Macroeconomic Data for Comparing Cyclical Stability," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 46(2), pages 353-365, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:jechis:v:46:y:1986:i:02:p:353-365_04
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