Weekly Economics Seminar by Martin Ellison
February 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:40 pm
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Title: The Economic Impact of Recession Announcements [link to paper]
Speaker: Martin Ellison, Professor of Economics, University of Oxford
Abstract: The convention in the news media is to announce a recession if a country experiences two consecutive quarters of negative growth. We exploit the arbitrary threshold implied by this practice to identify the economic impact of recession announcements through a Regression Discontinuity Design (RDD). Estimation results show that news of a recession leads to a discontinuous fall in consumer confidence, consumption growth and final estimates of GDP growth in a panel of countries. The effect is large, robust and statistically significant.