A Fresh Look at Potential Output in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Countries

38 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2017

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Jiri Podpiera

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Faezeh Raei

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Ara Stepanyan

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Date Written: February 2017

Abstract

Was the post-crisis growth slowdown in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe (CESEE) structural or cyclical? We use three different methods--production function approach, basic multivariate filter, and multivariate filter with financial frictions--to evaluate potential growth and output gaps for 18 CESEE countries during 2000-15. Our findings suggest that potential growth weakened significantly after the crisis across most countries in the region. This decline appears to be largely due to stagnant productivity and weaker capital accumulation, which were associated with common external factors, including trading partners' slow potential growth, but also decline in global trade and stalled expansion of global value chains. Our estimates suggest that output gaps in 2015 were largely closed in many countries in the region.

Keywords: Central and Eastern Europe, Economic growth, Emerging markets, Cross country analysis, Potential output, Potential output; Output gap; Emerging Markets, Output gap, General, Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy

JEL Classification: E10, E20, E32, E44

Suggested Citation

Podpiera, Jiri and Raei, Faezeh and Stepanyan, Ara, A Fresh Look at Potential Output in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Countries (February 2017). IMF Working Paper No. 17/37. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2938335

Jiri Podpiera (Contact Author)

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

700 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20431
United States

Faezeh Raei

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

700 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20431
United States

Ara Stepanyan

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

700 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20431
United States

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