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Business cycle asymmetries and nonlinearity in UAE macroeconomic time series

Osman, M., Hoque, A.ORCID: 0000-0001-8369-6653 and Hassan, K. (2016) Business cycle asymmetries and nonlinearity in UAE macroeconomic time series. Australian Economic Papers, 55 (4). pp. 476-490.

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This study investigates the dynamic behaviour of macroeconomic time series variables of the United Arab Emirates. We first examined whether there are non-Gaussian characteristics associated with the macroeconomic variables of the United Arab Emirates. Through application of the BDS nonlinearity test, our results indicated that there is a substantial nonlinear dependence in the data set for all the variables. We also assessed the asymmetric behaviour of these variables by exploring whether they exhibit two particular forms of asymmetry, which are deepness and steepness asymmetries. These results have shown that there is no empirical evidence of business cycle asymmetry in all the variables at any conventional level of significance in the sample period. Also, through application of further robust testing, our findings indicate the presence of pro-cyclical asymmetry in some of the variables and at the same time indicate the presence of asymmetries in the volatility.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Management and Governance
Publisher: Wiley
Copyright: © 2017 Flinders University and University of Adelaide and John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd
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