Empirical Economics (Empir Econ )

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Empirical Economics publishes papers of high quality dealing with the confrontation of relevant economic theory with observed data through the use of adequate econometric methods. Papers cover topics like estimation of established relationships between economic variables testing of hypotheses derived from economic theory policy evaluation simulation forecasting methodology econometric methods and measurement . Preference is given to contributions on industrialized market economies. Contributions dealing with developing and non-market economies should be of interest for non-specialists in these fields. Papers including international comparisons are given high priority. Shorter papers notes and comments are also welcome. Authors are expected to cooperate in case readers editors or referees should want to replicate results reported in submitted contributions. Both positive and negative results of replication efforts may be published in Empirical Economics. Indexed/

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    ABSTRACT: This paper evaluates the fiscal sustainability hypothesis for eight Latin American countries for the period 1960–2009: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay. Using second generation cointegration panel data models, we test whether government revenues and primary expenditures are sustainable in the long run. This methodology allows for cross-sectional dependence among countries and is appropriate under the existence of potential structural breaks. We found empirical evidence of fiscal sustainability for these Latin American countries but only in a weak sense.
    Empirical Economics 01/2015; Forthcoming.
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    ABSTRACT: We argue that in the presence of transaction costs, observed productivity measures may in many cases understate the true productivity, as production data seldom distinguish between resources entering the production process and resources of a similar type that are sacrificed for transaction costs. Hence, both the absolute productivity measures and, more importantly, the productivity ranking will be distorted. A major driver of transaction costs is poor access to information and contract enforcement assistance. Social networks often catalyse information exchange as well as generate trust and support. Hence, we use measures of a firm’s access to social networks as a proxy for the transaction costs the firm faces. We develop a microeconomic production model that takes into account transaction costs and networks. Using a data set of 384 Polish farms, we empirically estimate this model and compare different parametric, semiparametric, and nonparametric model specifications. Our results generally support our hypothesis. Especially, large trading networks and dense household networks have a positive influence on a farm’s productivity. Furthermore, our results indicate that transaction costs have a measurable impact on the productivity ranking of the farms.
    Empirical Economics 11/2014; forthcoming.
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    ABSTRACT: What are the consequences of a fiscal policy measure implemented in a Member State on the rest of the European Union (EU)? Should or should not EU countries coordinate their fiscal policies? Given this starting point, we study the economic consequences of shocks to fiscal variables in the EU countries from both domestic and global perspectives. With that objective in mind, we specify and estimate a global vector autoregressive model (GVAR) for fourteen countries of the former EU15 and the United States (USA), using quarterly macroeconomic, monetary and fiscal data from 1978 to 2009. Unlike other GVAR models with fiscal variables, in our study we consider total public receipts and total public expenditure separately, and model not only the euro area economies but also all countries of the former EU15 (except Luxembourg) and the USA. The results of our simulations show that the responses of real GDP to a negative (positive) domestic/global shock to total public expenditure (total public receipts) seem to be negative (positive) for the analyzed economies. The effects of domestic shocks would be larger in the country of origin of the shock, while their spillover effects would be limited. The effects of global shocks reveal a remarkable degree of similarity in the cyclical behavior of the European economies. As policy recommendations, we suggest boosting the slow process of coordination of fiscal actions in the EU in order to avoid unwanted economic consequences.
    Empirical Economics 07/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: This paper employs smooth transition trend models to investigate the long-run time series behavior of quarterly US labor force participation rates. In particular, we examine whether long-run growth in labor force participation rates can be modeled by smooth transitions between states rather than as abrupt mean level changes or as a stochastic trend. Smooth transitions permit for non-instantaneous adjustment of individual workers to changes associated with economic events or general labor market conditions. We employ unit root testing procedures with alternatives characterized by stationary fluctuations around one or two smooth transitions in linear trend. We examine labor force participation rates by gender- and age-specific groups. The results indicate that all female and most male participation series are better characterized as stationary processes that undergo transitional deterministics.
    Empirical Economics 03/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: This paper investigates the size distortions of HCCME-based tests for serial correlation and the wild bootstrapped counterparts in the presence of asymmetric conditional heteroskedasticity. Thereby, asymmetric effects are allowed to enter the residual process of the dynamic regression model in both the GARCH parameterization and the innovation process. Monte Carlo evidence reported in this paper indicates that wild bootstrap versions of the LM test for serial correlation tend to overreject the null hypothesis, but the problem is generally not very serious.
    Empirical Economics 01/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: This paper approaches to the optimum currency area from the empirical side by investigating the costs of adoption of a single currency for small, open and euroized Western Balkan countries (WBC). Using several econometric techniques this paper attempts to answer three questions relevant for monetary integration of the WBC and similar transition countries: what are the constraints on an independent monetary policy; what is the need for operating an independent monetary policy; and what is the ability to conduct an independent monetary policy. The constraints on independent monetary policy in most of the WBC at this stage are relatively serious due to high levels of openness and euroization. They limit the ability of the central bank, which is oriented to price stability, to use the nominal exchange rate for achieving other goals (for example, output stabilization). Regarding the second question, the results from structural VAR framework suggest a low synchronization for supply and demand shocks between the WBC and the euro area, indicating potentially high costs of losing independent monetary policy. Moreover, the results from Kalman filter technique inform that the shock convergence process is slow or absent in the WBC vis-à-vis the euro area. Regarding the last question, the results from cointegration and VAR analysis suggest that the ability to conduct an independent monetary policy, assessed by analyzing the interest rate channel as the most prominent transmission channel in the euro area, is relatively weak in the WBC.
    Empirical Economics 08/2013; 45(1):137-156.
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    ABSTRACT: The size distribution of the domains of US-patented technological knowledge obeys an exponential law, revealing a disproportionable concentration of progress among larger domains. Our analyses suggest that this phenomenon is explained by a combination of two factors. First, domains’ trajectories of growth have inherently different potentials. Second, differences in domains’ potentials are magnified by a mechanism—domains’ self-hybridization—endogenous to the process of knowledge growth. Our results show that in addition to being stable, the observed distribution of technological progress is likely to arise under very general conditions.
    Empirical Economics 06/2013; 44(3):1143-1154.
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    ABSTRACT: Mandelbrot (Int Econ Rev 1:79–106, 1960) proposed using the so-called Pareto–Lévy class of distributions as a framework for representing income distributions. We argue in this article that the Pareto–Lévy distribution is an interesting candidate for representing income distributions because its parameters are easy to interpret and it satisfies a specific invariance-under-aggregation property. We also demonstrate that the Gini coefficient can be expressed as a simple formula of the parameters of the Pareto–Lévy distribution. We subsequently use income data for Norway and seven other OECD countries to fit the Pareto–Lévy distribution as well as the Generalized Beta type II (GB2) distribution. The results show that the Pareto–Lévy distribution fits the data better than the GB2 distribution for most countries, despite the fact that GB2 distribution has four parameters whereas the Pareto–Lévy distribution has only three.
    Empirical Economics 01/2013; 44(2).