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Cointegration in a Macroeconomic System

Robert Kunst () and Klaus Neusser ()

Journal of Applied Econometrics, 1990, vol. 5, issue 4, 351-65

Abstract: This paper investigates the long-run relationships within a set of six quarterly time-series on the Austrian economy by means of cointegration. After analyzing the univariate properties, especially with respect to the appropriate seasonal filter, the maximum-likelihood method proposed by Johansen (1988) is applied to estimate and test the cointegrating relationships. We found three such relations, implying that the system is driven by three independent stochastic time trends. In a next stage we investigate whether the empirically determined cointegrating relationships are compatible with implications derived from the neoclassical growth model with exogenous stochastic technical progress. It is found that the Austrian data strongly reject the propositions that the real interest rate and the log ratios of consumption to output, investment to output, and the real gross wage sum to output are stationary. Copyright 1990 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Date: 1990
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