Expectations formation and business cycle fluctuations: An empirical analysis of actual and expected output in UK manufacturing, 1975-1996
L Kevin, K Shields
Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics | Published : 2000
Direct measures of expectations, derived from survey data, are used in a Vector Autoregressive (VAR) model of actual and expected output in eight industries in the UK manufacturing sector. No evidence is found with which to reject rationality in the derived expectations series when measurement error is appropriately taken into account. The VAR analysis illustrates the importance of intersectoral interactions and business confidence in explaining the time profile of industrial outputs, examines the mechanisms by which shocks are propagated across sectors and over time and investigates the relative importance of sectoral and aggregate shocks of different types.