Measures of Potential Output : An Application to Israel

Author/Editor:

Fabio Scacciavillani ; Phillip L Swagel

Publication Date:

July 1, 1999

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper estimates measures of potential output for Israel, with the aim of providing evidence on whether the recent growth slowdown is principally a cyclical slowdown or a structural shift toward a slower growth path after the dramatic developments associated with the years of heavy immigration. Israel poses a challenge because traditional methods of measuring potential output assume relatively stable conditions over an extended period of time. We employ five methodologies to derive estimates and find that four of the measures imply the slowdown stems largely from reduced growth of potential output rather than a cyclical slowdown.

Series:

Working Paper No. 99/96

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

July 1, 1999

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451851892/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0961999

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

28

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