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Investments and uncertainty revisited: the case of the US economy

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  • Stavros Degiannakis
  • George Filis
  • George Palaiodimos

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This article examines the relationship between investments and uncertainty for the US economy, as the latter is approximated by consumer sentiment, purchasing managers’ prospects and economic policy uncertainty. Contrary to the existing literature, we provide evidence that this relationship is time varying. The time variation is attributed to the observed temporal replacement effect between private and public investments. Furthermore, we show that there are two distinct correlation regimes in this relationship and unless we concentrate on them, we cannot fully unravel the real link between uncertainty and investments. Finally, we examine whether the use of the two correlation regimes provides better forecasts for investments compared to the use of the uncertainty indices alone. The forecasting exercise reveals that the use of correlation regimes provides statistically superior out-of-sample forecasts.

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  • Stavros Degiannakis & George Filis & George Palaiodimos, 2017. "Investments and uncertainty revisited: the case of the US economy," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 49(45), pages 4521-4529, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:49:y:2017:i:45:p:4521-4529
    DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2017.1284995
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    JEL classification:

    • C32 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes; State Space Models
    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation
    • C53 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Forecasting and Prediction Models; Simulation Methods
    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity
    • H50 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - General

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