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The Great Moderation, Forecast Uncertainty, and the Great Recession

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  • Ging Cee Ng
  • Andrea Tambalotti

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The Great Recession of 2007-09 was a dramatic macroeconomic event, marked by a severe contraction in economic activity and a significant fall in inflation. These developments surprised many economists, as documented in a recent post on this site. One factor cited for the failure to anticipate the magnitude of the Great Recession was a form of complacency affecting forecasters in the wake of the so-called Great Moderation. In this post, we attempt to quantify the role the Great Moderation played in making the Great Recession appear nearly impossible in the eyes of macroeconomists.

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  • Ging Cee Ng & Andrea Tambalotti, 2012. "The Great Moderation, Forecast Uncertainty, and the Great Recession," Liberty Street Economics 20120514, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fednls:86805
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    Macroeconomics; Forecasting; Great Recession;
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    • E2 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment

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