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Estonia's Potential Growth Revisited

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Executive Summary

There have been several data revisions to output statistics in Estonia during the past six years as methodologies have been harmonised. These changes are significant enough to require corrections to the earlier understanding of Estonia's potential economic growth rate. In this paper the latest data vintage from 2009 is used to estimate Estonia's potential output growth and output gap. The production function approach that has been used shows that the gap varies quite extensively, ranging from - 8% in 1999 to +8% in 2007, while the average potential growth rate in 1997-2009 was around 6%.

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