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Information Rigidity in Growth Forecasts; Some Cross-Country Evidence

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  • Natalia T. Tamirisa
  • Prakash Loungani
  • Herman O. Stekler

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We document information rigidity in forecasts for real GDP growth in 46 countries over the past two decades. We investigate: (i) if rigidities are lower around turning points in the economy, such as in times of recessions and crises; (ii) if rigidities differ across countries, particularly between advanced countries and emerging markets; and (iii) how quickly forecasters incorporate news about growth in other countries into their growth forecasts, with a focus on how advanced countries‘ growth forecasts incorporate news about emerging market growth and vice versa.

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  • Natalia T. Tamirisa & Prakash Loungani & Herman O. Stekler, 2011. "Information Rigidity in Growth Forecasts; Some Cross-Country Evidence," IMF Working Papers 11/125, International Monetary Fund.
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