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Author Klein, Nir.

Title Measuring the potential output of South Africa / Nir Klein
Published [Washington, D.C.] : International Monetary Fund, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (32 pages)
Series African Department ; 11/2
International Monetary Fund. African Department (Series) ; 11/2
Summary This paper provides an assessment of the South African potential output for the period 1985-2010 by applying both structural and nonstructural estimation techniques. The analysis suggests that, while potential output growth steadily accelerated in the post-apartheid era to about 3 1/2 percent (1994-2008), it has decelerated considerably following the outbreak of the financial crisis, as was observed in other advanced and emerging economies. While this indicates that, at around -1 1/ 2 percent, the estimated 2010 output gap was lower than previously thought, there is a fair amount of uncertainty regarding its "true" magnitude, reflecting in part the backward looking nature of the estimation methods. The paper concludes that the potential growth is likely to gradually revert to its precrisis pace and the output gap to have closed by early 2012
Notes Title from pdf title page (Publisher's Web site; viewed Feb. 6, 2012)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Economic forecasting -- South Africa -- Econometric models.
Industrial productivity -- South Africa -- Forecasting.
Input-output analysis -- South Africa.
Form Electronic book
Author International Monetary Fund.
ISBN 1616352132