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Power laws and macroeconomic fluctuations

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  • Gaffeo, Edoardo
  • Gallegati, Mauro
  • Giulioni, Gianfranco
  • Palestrini, Antonio

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We study the duration distribution of recessions and recoveries occurred in a pool of industrialized countries during the last 120 years. We find that for recessions the duration is distributed according to a power law, and that the power exponent is virtually invariant as we split up the time span into sub-periods. The evidence regarding the duration of recoveries is mixed, however.

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  • Gaffeo, Edoardo & Gallegati, Mauro & Giulioni, Gianfranco & Palestrini, Antonio, 2003. "Power laws and macroeconomic fluctuations," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 324(1), pages 408-416.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:phsmap:v:324:y:2003:i:1:p:408-416
    DOI: 10.1016/S0378-4371(02)01891-5
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