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Potential Output and the Output Gap Estimation for Argentina: Approximations from a Multivariate Filter and the Production Function Method

Ariel Krysa () and Luis Lanteri ()
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Ariel Krysa: Central Bank of Argentina
Luis Lanteri: Central Bank of Argentina

No 201880, BCRA Working Paper Series from Central Bank of Argentina, Economic Research Department

Abstract: In this work, three methodologies are presented and implemented to estimate the potential output and the output gap in Argentina, in the period 1993Q1-2018Q1. The first rests on the estimation, by Bayesian techniques, of a multivariate semi-structural filter based on the study by Benes et al. (2010). Second, the calculation is performed using univariate filters: the Hodrick Prescott and two versions of the Band Pass in the frequency domain (Baxter-King and Christiano Fitzgerald). The estimates indicated emphasize the short-term cyclical behavior of the product, consistent with a stable inflation rate. Finally, an estimation with the production function method is presented, a perspective that is more appropriate for the analysis of the use of productive factors in a long-term horizon. With this last objective, a growth accounting exercise is practiced. The results of the different methodologies for estimating the potential output show robustness among themselves and allow to account for some stylized facts from the economic literature on the period of analysis.

Keywords: potential output; output gap; multivariate filter; production function (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C32 E13 E30 E52 O40 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 40 pages
Date: 2018-08
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