Reviewing the Oil Price - GDP Growth Relationship: A Replication Study
24 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2019
Date Written: August 7, 2019
This paper presents a thorough replication of Hamilton (2003) which in turn replicates and extends the findings of four seminal papers regarding the oil price-GDP growth relationship. Firstly, we replicate the empirical results obtained with the oil price measures of Hamilton (1983), Mork (1989), Lee (1995), Hamilton (1996), and Hamilton 2003) by using an identical data set of real and nominal oil prices. Secondly, we extend the data sets to 2016Q4 and apply the same methodology. We find that for more recent data, the explanatory power of the proposed oil price measures on GDP growth rates is dwindling. This is an indication that linear autoregressive models do not capture the link sufficiently anymore and more encompassing models are needed.
Keywords: Oil prices, GDP growth, Asymmetry, Nonlinearity
JEL Classification: C24, E32, F43, Q43
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