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Title:The universal shape of economic recession and recovery after a shock PDF Logo
Authors:Challet, Damien
Solomon, Sorin
Yaari, Gur
Issue Date:2009
Citation:[Journal:] Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal [Volume:] 3 [Issue:] 2009-36 [Pages:] 1-24 [DOI/URN:] doi:10.5018/economics-ejournal.ja.2009-36
Abstract:We show that a simple and intuitive three-parameter equation fits remarkably well the evolution of the gross domestic product (GDP) in current and constant dollars of many countries during times of recession and recovery. We then argue that this equation is the response function of the economy to isolated shocks, hence that it can be used to detect large and small shocks, including those which do not lead to a recession; we also discuss its predictive power. Finally, a two-sector toy model of recession and recovery illustrates how the severity and length of recession depends on the dynamics of transfer rate between the growing and failing parts of the economy.
Subjects:Economic growth
GDP
shocks
response function
modelling
prediction
optimal policy
JEL:C32
O23
O41
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:doi:10.5018/economics-ejournal.ja.2009-36
Creative Commons License:http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/de/deed.en
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal - Journal Articles

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