Research Discussion Paper – RDP 2008-08 The Role of International Shocks in Australia's Business Cycle


This paper examines the sources of Australia's business cycle fluctuations. The cyclical component of GDP is extracted using the Beveridge-Nelson decomposition and a structural VAR model is identified using robust sign restrictions derived from a small open economy model. In contrast to previous VAR studies, international factors are found to contribute to over half of the output forecast errors, whereas demand shocks have relatively modest effects.

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