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Assessing the Economic Content of Direct and Indirect Business Uncertainty Measures

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  • Christian Glocker

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  • Werner Hölzl

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We introduce a novel measure of uncertainty that is based on a business survey in which firms are asked directly how certain or uncertain they are. So far the literature has tried to capture economic uncertainty indirectly by means of expectation errors or the extent of disagreement. Our direct measure of economic uncertainty has a decent contemporaneous correlation with various indirect measures, its informational content is though different. Across all uncertainty measures, shocks to uncertainty trigger effects in GDP of opposite sign, however, the indirect measures tend to significantly underestimate the effects on GDP and other macroeconomic aggregates.

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  • Christian Glocker & Werner Hölzl, 2019. "Assessing the Economic Content of Direct and Indirect Business Uncertainty Measures," WIFO Working Papers 576, WIFO.
  • Handle: RePEc:wfo:wpaper:y:2019:i:576
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    1. Lautenbacher, Stefan, 2020. "Subjective Uncertainty, Expectations, and Firm Behavior," MPRA Paper 103516, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Werner Hölzl & Michael Klien & Agnes Kügler, 2020. "Konjunktureinschätzung bleibt über Sektoren hinweg uneinheitlich. Ergebnisse der Quartalsbefragung des WIFO-Konjunkturtests vom Jänner 2020," WIFO Monatsberichte (monthly reports), WIFO, vol. 93(2), pages 89-99, February.
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    6. Werner Hölzl & Michael Klien & Agnes Kügler, 2020. "Konjunktureinschätzung stürzt infolge der COVID-19-Pandemie ab. Ergebnisse der Quartalsbefragung des WIFO-Konjunkturtests vom April 2020," WIFO Monatsberichte (monthly reports), WIFO, vol. 93(5), pages 337-345, May.

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