Uncertainty Shocks and Unemployment Dynamics in U.S. Recessions

60 Pages Posted: 16 May 2014

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Giovanni Caggiano

Department of Economics, Monash University; University of Padua

Efrem Castelnuovo

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

Nicolas Groshenny

Reserve Bank of New Zealand; Australian National University (ANU) - Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA)

Date Written: May 2014

Abstract

We investigate the effects of uncertainty shocks on unemployment dynamics in the post-WWII U.S. recessions via non-linear (Smooth-Transition) VARs. The relevance of uncertainty shocks is found to be much larger than that predicted by standard linear VARs in terms of (i) magnitude of the reaction of the unemployment rate to such shocks, and (ii) contribution to the variance of the prediction errors of unemployment at business cycle frequencies. We discuss the ability of different classes of DSGE models to replicate our results.

Keywords: Uncertainty shocks, unemployment dynamics, Smooth Transition Vector-AutoRegressions, recessions

JEL Classification: C32, E32, E52

Suggested Citation

Caggiano, Giovanni and Castelnuovo, Efrem and Groshenny, Nicolas, Uncertainty Shocks and Unemployment Dynamics in U.S. Recessions (May 2014). Melbourne Institute Working Paper No. 12/14. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2437769 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2437769

Giovanni Caggiano

Department of Economics, Monash University ( email )

900 Dandenong Road
Caulfield East, Victoria 3145
Australia

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University of Padua ( email )

Via 8 Febbraio, 2
Padova, Vicenza 35122
Italy

Efrem Castelnuovo (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics ( email )

Melbourne, 3010
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://https://sites.google.com/site/efremcastelnuovo/home

Nicolas Groshenny

Reserve Bank of New Zealand ( email )

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Australian National University (ANU) - Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA)

ANU College of Business and Economics
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

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