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Modeling Cyclical Asymmetries in GDP: International Evidence

  • José Cancelo
  • Estefanía Mourelle

This paper models asymmetric behavior in GDP growth in the USA, Germany, France, and Japan. It develops smooth transition autoregressive models and interprets nonlinear dynamics in terms of cyclical asymmetries. A procedure for defining data-based, qualitative cyclical regimes from the estimated models is proposed, and generalized impulse response functions are computed to assess to what extent the response to a shock changes over different phases of the cycle. Copyright International Atlantic Economic Society 2005

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Volume (Year): 33 (2005)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 297-309

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Handle: RePEc:kap:atlecj:v:33:y:2005:i:3:p:297-309
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