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A dual measure of correlation between the Solow residual and output growth

Published on Feb 1, 2012in Journal of Productivity Analysis1.60
· DOI :10.1007/s11123-011-0215-5
Dandan Liu4
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(KSU: Kent State University),
Rui Li5
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(Beihang University),
Jijun Tan1
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(SUFE: Shanghai University of Finance and Economics)
Abstract
In this paper, we measure U.S. technology shocks by implementing a dual approach, which is based on price data instead of aggregate quantity data. By doing so, we find the relative volatility of technology shocks and the correlation between output fluctuation and technology shocks to be much smaller than those revealed in most real-business-cycle (RBC) studies. Our results support the findings of Burside et al. (Eur Econ Rev 40:861–869, 1996), who showed that the correlation between technology shocks and output is exaggerated in the RBC literature. This suggests that one should examine other sources of fluctuations for a better understanding of the business cycle phenomena.
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