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Can oil shocks explain asymmetries in the US Business Cycle?

  • Hans-Martin Krolzig

    ()

    (Oxford University, Department of Economics, Manor Road Building, Oxford, OX1 3UQ and Nuffield College)

  • Michael P. Clements

    ()

    (University of Warwick, Dept. of Economics, CV4 7AL Coventry, U.K.)

We consider whether oil prices can account for business cycle asymmetries. We test for asymmetries based on the Markov switching autoregressive model popularized by Hamilton (1989), using the tests devised by Clements and Krolzig (2000). We find evidence against the conventional wisdom that recessions are more violent than expansions: while some part of the downturn in economic activity that characterises recessionary periods can be attributed to dramatic changes in the price of oil, post-War US economic growth is characterized by the steepness of expansions.

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Volume (Year): 27 (2002)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 185-204

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Handle: RePEc:spr:empeco:v:27:y:2002:i:2:p:185-204
Note: Received: December 2000/Final Version Received: September 2001
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