The effects of inflation and the business cycle on revisions of macroeconomic data

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Australian Economic Review, 2002, 35 (3), pp. 276 - 286
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Although national accounts data provide the most comprehensive overview of economic activity, preliminary estimates are subject to much revision before they are regarded as reliable indicators. Oddly enough, the market acts on the preliminary estimates as though they were final and complete. Even though there exists a considerable international literature on the statistical properties of these revisions, little attention has been devoted to the effects of inflation and the business cycle on the size and direction of these early revisions. The aim of this article is to provide the first known examination of these effects. The findings in this article suggest that preliminary estimates are more reliable in periods of low inflationary economic growth.
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