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The Determinants of Manufacturing Inventories in the UK

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  • Cuthbertson, Keith
  • Gasparro, David

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The authors examine the determinants of inventory holding by the U.K. manufacturing sector over the period 1968-89. They find that inventory levels respond positively to output and its conditional variance and negatively to the level of gearing. Tehnological innovation in the form of computerized inventory control leads to a fall in the stock-output ratio. Epirical results for inventories are examined in a cointegration and a general-to-specific error correction model with conditional variances estimated using an ARCH framework. A backward-looking error correction model is found to outperform a forward-looking model, although the latter also provides a reasonable 'fit'to the data. Copyright 1993 by Royal Economic Society.

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  • Cuthbertson, Keith & Gasparro, David, 1993. "The Determinants of Manufacturing Inventories in the UK," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 103(421), pages 1479-1492, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:103:y:1993:i:421:p:1479-92
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