Monetary aggregates, their information content and their aggregation error: Some preliminary findings for Austria, 1965–1980
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In this paper we use information theory to assess the indicator quality, in the Austrian economy, of various monetary aggregates. In addition to simple sum aggregates we utilise discrete Divisia quantity indices, which have reputable aggregation and statistical attributes. Without using a particular macro-economic model we estimate the expected information gains, with respect to various policy objectives like inflation, real growth and unemployment, derived from monitoring various monetary aggregates. Finally, we compare the empirical results derived for Austria with those provided in earlier studies, using UK and United States data.
KeywordsEconomic Theory Empirical Result Information Content Indicator Quality Preliminary Finding
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