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    Is macroeconomic uncertainty bad for macroeconomic performance? Evidence from five Asian countries
    (University College Dublin. School of Business. Centre for Financial Markets, 2007-03) ;
    We use a very general bivariate GARCH-M model and quarterly data for five Asian countries to test for the impact of real and nominal macroeconomic uncertainty on inflation and output growth. Our evidence supports a number of important conclusions. First, in the majority of countries uncertainty regarding the output growth rate is related negatively to the average growth rate. Second, contrary to expectations, inflation uncertainty in most cases does not harm the output growth performance of an economy. Third, inflation and output uncertainty have a mixed effect on inflation. These results imply that macroeconomic uncertainty may even improve macroeconomic performance, i.e., raise output growth and reduce inflation.
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    Macroeconomic uncertainty and performance in the European Union and implications for the objectives of monetary policy
    (University College Dublin. School of Business. Centre for Financial Markets, 2005) ;
    We use a very general bivariate GARCH-M model and EU monthly data covering the 1962-2003 period to test for the impact of real (output growth) and nominal (inflation) macroeconomic uncertainty on inflation and output growth. Our evidence supports a number of important conclusions. First, in the majority of countries uncertainty regarding the output growth rate is related to the average growth rate and the effect in most countries is negative. Second, contrary to expectations,inflation uncertainty in most cases improves the output growth performance of an economy. Third, inflation and output uncertainty have a mixed effect on inflation. These results imply that macroeconomic uncertainty may even improve macroeconomic performance. The first two results also imply that the ECB should focus its monetary policy strategy on stabilising output growth rather than inflation.
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    Oil volatility and the option value of waiting : an analysis of the G-7
    (University College Dublin. School of Business. Centre for Financial Markets, 2009-08) ; ;
    There has recently been considerable interest in the potential adverse effects associated with excessive uncertainty in energy futures markets. Theoretical models of investment under uncertainty predict that increased uncertainty will tend to induce firms to delay investment. These models are widely utilized in capital budgeting decisions, particularly in the energy sector. There is relatively little empirical evidence, however, on whether such channels have industry-wide effects. Using a sample of G7 countries we examine whether uncertainty about a prominent commodity – oil – affects the time series variation in manufacturing activity. Our primary result is consistent with the predictions of real options theory – uncertainty about oil prices has had a negative and significant effect on manufacturing activity in Canada, France, UK and US.
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    Macroeconomic uncertainty and macroeconomic performance: are they related?
    (University College Dublin. School of Business. Centre for Financial Markets, 2004-02) ;
    We use a very general multivariate GARCH-M model and G7 monthly data covering the 1957-2003 period to test for the impact of real and nominal macroeconomic uncertainty on inflation and output growth.Our evidence supports a number of important conclusions. First, in most countries output growth uncertainty is a positive determinant of the output growth rate. Second, there is mixed evidence regarding the effect of inflation uncertainty on inflation and output growth. Hence,uncertainty about the inflation rate is not necessarily detrimental to economic growth. Finally, there is mixed evidence on the effect of output uncertainty on inflation.
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