Estimating Potential Output and the Output Gap in Slovakia


Tetsuya Konuki

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December 1, 2008

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This paper estimates potential output and the output gap for Slovakia which enjoyed rapid growth with few signs of economic overheating in recent years. It applies two broad sets of approaches: conventional methods, represented by a statistical method and a production function approach; and a multivariate (MV) Kalman filter method. The MV Kalman filter method produces estimates of excess demand that portray much more sensibly the situation in recent years in Slovakia than the conventional methods, because it can use more information to condition the paths of potential output.


Working Paper No. 2008/275



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December 1, 2008



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