Uncertainty, Skewness, and the Business Cycle Through the MIDAS Lens
Efrem Castelnuovo () and
Lorenzo Mori ()
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Lorenzo Mori: University of Padova
No 291, "Marco Fanno" Working Papers from Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche "Marco Fanno"
We employ a mixed-frequency quantile regression approach to model the time-varying conditional distribution of the US real GDP growth rate. We show that monthly information on the US financial cycle improves the predictive power of an otherwise quarterly-only model. We combine selected quantiles of the estimated conditional distribution to produce measures of uncertainty and skewness. Embedding these measures in a VAR framework, we show that unexpected changes in uncertainty are associated with an increase in (left) skewness and a downturn in real activity. Empirical findings related to VAR impulse responses and forecast error variance decomposition are shown to depend on the inclusion/omission of monthly-level information on financial conditions when estimating real GDP growthâ€™s conditional density. Effects are significantly downplayed if we consider a quarterly-only quantile regression model. A counterfactual simulation conducted by shutting down the endogenous response of skewness to uncertainty shocks shows that skewness substantially amplifies the recessionary effects of uncertainty.
Keywords: Uncertainty; skewness; quantile regressions; vector autoregressions; MIDAS (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 38 pages
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