Information Rigidity in Growth Forecasts : Some Cross-Country Evidence

Author/Editor:

Natalia T. Tamirisa ; Prakash Loungani ; Herman O. Stekler

Publication Date:

June 1, 2011

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Summary:

We document information rigidity in forecasts for real GDP growth in 46 countries over the past two decades. We investigate: (i) if rigidities are lower around turning points in the economy, such as in times of recessions and crises; (ii) if rigidities differ across countries, particularly between advanced countries and emerging markets; and (iii) how quickly forecasters incorporate news about growth in other countries into their growth forecasts, with a focus on how advanced countries‘ growth forecasts incorporate news about emerging market growth and vice versa.

Series:

Working Paper No. 11/125

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

June 1, 2011

ISBN/ISSN:

9781455263424/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2011125

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

41

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