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News Shocks and Business Cycles: Bridging the Gap from Different Methodologies

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  • Gortz, Christoph
  • Tsoukalas, John D.

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An important disconnect in the news driven view of the business cycle formalized by Beaudry and Portier (2004), is the lack of agreement between different—VAR and DSGE—methodologies over the empirical plausibility of this view. We argue that this disconnect can be largely resolved once we augment a standard DSGE model with a financial channel that provides amplification to news shocks. Both methodologies suggest news shocks to the future growth prospects of the economy to be signficant drivers of U.S. business cycles in the post-Greenspan era (1990-2011), explaining as much as 50% of the forecast error variance in hours worked in cyclical frequencies

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  • Gortz, Christoph & Tsoukalas, John D., 2013. "News Shocks and Business Cycles: Bridging the Gap from Different Methodologies," SIRE Discussion Papers 2013-117, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).
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    News shocks; Business cycles; DSGE; VAR; Bayesian estimation;
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    • E2 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment
    • E3 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles

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