What Drives Output Volatility? The Role of Demographics and Government Size Revisited
Martin Iseringhausen () and
No 75, European Economy - Discussion Papers 2015 - from Directorate General Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN), European Commission
This paper studies the determinants of output volatility in a panel of 22 OECD countries. In contrast to the existing literature, we avoid ad hoc estimates of volatility based on rolling windows, and we account for possible non-stationarity of the data. Specifically, output volatility is estimated by means of an unobserved components model where the volatility series is the outcome of both macroeconomic determinants and a latent integrated process. A Bayesian model selection is performed to test for the presence of the nonstationary component. The results point to demographics and government size as important determinants of macroeconomic (in)stability. In particular, a larger share of prime-age workers is associated with lower output volatility, while higher public expenditure increases volatility.
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