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Cyclical Behavior of Inventories and Growth Projections Recent Evidence from Europe and the United States

Author/Editor: Clausen, Jens R. | Hoffmaister, Alexander W.
Authorized for Distribution: September 1, 2010
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Summary: In the United States and a few European countries, inventory behavior is mainly the outcome of demand shocks: a standard buffer-stock model best characterizes these economies. But most European countries are described by a modified buffer-stock model where supply shocks dominate. In contrast to the United States, inventories boost growth with a one-year lag in Europe. Moreover, inventories provide limited information to improve growth forecasts particularly when a modified buffer-stock model characterizes inventory behavior.
 
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Series: Working Paper No. 10/212
Subject(s): Business cycles | Cross country analysis | Europe | Forecasting models | Manufacturing sector | Production growth | United States
Author's keyword(s): Inventories | business cycle | forecasting
 
English  
    Published:   September 1, 2010        
            Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA2010212   Pages:   38
    Price:   US$18.00 (Academic Rate: US$18.00 )
       
     
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