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Japan’s output gap estimation and ℓ 1 trend filtering

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  • Hiroshi Yamada

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  • Lan Jin

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This paper estimates Japan’s output gap using the recently developed ℓ 1 trend filter, which is an alternative to the popular Hodrick–Prescott (HP) filter. This new filter provides a piecewise linear trend line, which means it possibly provides better output gap estimates than the HP filter does for an economy such as Japan that has experienced some structural breaks. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2013

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  • Hiroshi Yamada & Lan Jin, 2013. "Japan’s output gap estimation and ℓ 1 trend filtering," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 45(1), pages 81-88, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:empeco:v:45:y:2013:i:1:p:81-88
    DOI: 10.1007/s00181-012-0625-x
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    1. Winkelried, Diego, 2016. "Piecewise linear trends and cycles in primary commodity prices," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 64(C), pages 196-213.

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    Keywords

    Output gap; ℓ 1 trend filter; Hodrick–Prescott filter; Structural break; Lasso; E32; C22;

    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes

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