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The state-dependence of output revisions

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  • Bruno Ducoudre

    (Observatoire français des conjonctures économiques)

  • Paul Hubert

    (Observatoire français des conjonctures économiques)

  • Guilhem Tabarly

    (Université Paris-Dauphine)

Abstract

This paper investigates whether economic activity dynamics predict GDP revisions using panel data from 15 OECD countries. We find that economic activity predicts GDP revisions: early releases tend to overestimate GDP growth during slowdowns — and vice-versa. We also find that the source of the predictability could be related to the sampling of information collection. Finally, the predictability comes from short-term economic activity dynamics rather than business cycle position.

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  • Bruno Ducoudre & Paul Hubert & Guilhem Tabarly, 2020. "The state-dependence of output revisions," Sciences Po publications info:hdl:2441/2q9catktmn9, Sciences Po.
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    Keywords

    Gross domestic product; National accounts; Revision analysis;
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    JEL classification:

    • C5 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling
    • C8 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs
    • E3 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles

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