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Advance Warning Indicators of Past Severe GDP per Capita Recessions in Turkey [electronic resource] / Oliver Röhn

Röhn, Oliver [Browse]
Paris : OECD Publishing, 2016.
1 online resource
  • OECD Economics Department Working Papers, no.1334. [More in this series]
  • OECD Economics Department Working Papers, 1815-1973 ; no.1334
Summary note:
The global financial crisis and its high economic and social costs have revived academic and policy interest in "early warning indicators" of crises. This paper aims to investigate the performance of vulnerability indicators as advance warning indicators of past severe GDP per capita recessions in Turkey. It draws on the recently established database of vulnerability indicators (Röhn et al., 2015) and employs the signalling approach as in Hermansen and Röhn (2015) complemented by visual inspections to detect vulnerability indicators that performed particularly well in the Turkish context. The evidence suggests that an index of the global stock market performs extremely well in the Turkish context. This index, which could be interpreted as a proxy for the risk appetite of global investors, exceeded its critical threshold before almost all past severe GDP per capita recessions in Turkey while sending only very few false alarms. Among domestic indicators, large positive deviations of household credit and the domestic stock market from trend also perform relatively well in signalling subsequent past severe GDP per capita recessions. The evidence is broadly robust to considering a more homogenous set of lower income OECD countries when defining the critical thresholds.
  • 10.1787/5jlpq7swq4wf-en
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