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Reproducing Business Cycle Features: How Important Is Nonlinearity Versus Multivariate Information?

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  • James Morley

    (Washington University in St. Louis)

  • Jeremy Piger

    (University of Oregon)

  • Pao-Lin Tien

    () (Department of Economics, Wesleyan University)

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In this paper, we consider the ability of time-series models to generate simulated data that display the same business cycle features found in U.S. real GDP. Our analysis of a range of popular time-series models allows us to investigate the extent to which multivariate information can account for the apparent univariate evidence of nonlinear dynamics in GDP. We find that certain nonlinear specifications yield an improvement over linear models in reproducing business cycle features, even when multivariate information inherent in the unemployment rate, inflation, interest rates, and the components of GDP is taken into account.

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  • James Morley & Jeremy Piger & Pao-Lin Tien, 2009. "Reproducing Business Cycle Features: How Important Is Nonlinearity Versus Multivariate Information?," Wesleyan Economics Working Papers 2009-003, Wesleyan University, Department of Economics.
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    1. Bec, Frédérique & Bouabdallah, Othman & Ferrara, Laurent, 2015. "Comparing the shape of recoveries: France, the UK and the US," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 44(C), pages 327-334.

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    • E30 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • C52 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection

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