Title

Asymmetric Persistence in GDP? A Deeper Look at Depth

Document Type

Article

Department

Economics (CMC)

Publication Date

1997

Abstract

If an economic time series behaves asymmetrically, then an interpretation of economic fluctuations based on linear time-series models could be misleading. Beaudry and Koop (1993) recently argued that for post-war US GDP data there exists a statistically significant difference in persistence between negative and positive shocks. We demonstrate that their test has two pitfalls: First, the t-statistic for testing asymmetry in persistence does not have a conventional interpretation. Second, a highly significant t-value may come from sources different from asymmetry. Using international data, we investigate for the presence of asymmetric persistence across the G-7 countries.

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