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The Microeconomics of Macroeconomic Asymmetries: Sectoral Driving Forces and Firm Level Characteristics

  • Oleg Korenok


    (Rutgers University)

  • Bruce Mizrach


    (Rutgers University)

  • Stan Radchenko


    (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)

There is now considerable evidence that business cycle variation in output and employment in the U.S. differs in expansions and contractions. We present nonparametric evidence that asymmetries are strongest in durable goods manufacturing. In a Markov switching framework, we find two leading indicators, consumer expectations and the term spread, act as important driving forces behind asymmetry. Cross sectional analysis, using firm level data, shows that plant and equipment expenditures, raw materials inventory holdings, and bankruptcy score increase the likelihood ratio index for asymmetry by more than 65%.

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Paper provided by Rutgers University, Department of Economics in its series Departmental Working Papers with number 200405.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 28 Feb 2004
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Publication status: Published in Macroeconomic Dynamics 13, 2009, 263-77.
Handle: RePEc:rut:rutres:200405
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