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Production, Sales, and the Change in Inventories: An Identity That Doesn`t Add Up

Jeffrey A. Miron, Stephen P. Zeldes

NBER Working Paper No. 2765 (Also Reprint No. r1336)
Issued in November 1988
NBER Program(s):   EFG

We examine two measures of monthly manufacturing production. The first is the index of industrial production; the second is constructed from the accounting identity that output equals sales plus the change in inventories. We show that the means, variances, and serial correlation coefficients of the log growth races differ substantially between the two series, and the cross-correlations between the two seasonally adjusted series are in most cases less than .4. A model of classical measurement error indicates chat in 15 of 20 2-digit industries measurement error accounts for over 35% of the variation in the monthly growth rates of seasonally adjusted industrial production.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w2765

Published: "Production, Sales, and the Change in Inventories." From Journal of Monetary Economics, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 31-51, (July 1989). citation courtesy of

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