Does Asymmetry of International Shocks Matter for the U.S. Business Cycle?
This article proposes and investigates the asymmetry hypothesis, which predicts that an international asymmetric shock tends to have a stronger and longer effect on the U.S. business cycle than a symmetric shock. The hypothesis finds empirical support in the impulse responses of U.S. output and inflation to symmetric and asymmetric shocks; those responses are estimated in a four-variable structural vector autoregression. The hypothesis also finds support in stylized facts: The longest U.S. expansions have tended to occur when the rest of the world was growing below potential. (JEL E3, E5, E4) Copyright 2004, Oxford University Press.
Volume (Year): 42 (2004)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
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