Asymmetric Persistence in GDP? A Deeper Look at Depth

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Economics (CMC)

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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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