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    Agreed and disagreed uncertainty

    Gambetti, L. and Korobilis, D. and Tsoukalas, J.D. and Zanetti, F. (2023) Agreed and disagreed uncertainty. Working Paper. Birkbeck Centre for Applied Macroeconomics, London, UK.

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    Abstract

    When agents’ information is imperfect and dispersed, existing measures of macroeconomic uncertainty based on the forecast error variance have two distinct drivers: the variance of the economic shock and the variance of the information dispersion. The former driver increases uncertainty and reduces agents’ disagreement (agreed uncertainty). The latter increases both uncertainty and disagreement (disagreed uncertainty). We use these implications to identify empirically the effects of agreed and disagreed uncertainty shocks, based on a novel measure of consumer disagreement derived from survey expectations. Disagreed uncertainty has no discernible economic effects and is benign for economic activity, but agreed uncertainty exerts significant depressing effects on a broad spectrum of macroeconomic indicators.

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    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Additional Information: BCAM Working Paper #2206. ISSN: 1745-8587
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): uncertainty, information frictions, disagreement, Bayesian vector autoregression (VAR), sign restrictions
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Applied Macroeconomics, Birkbeck Centre for
    Depositing User: Dominic Funston
    Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2023 10:16
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:20
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/50968

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