Publication Type

Working Paper

Publication Date

2002

Abstract

Popular monthly coincident indices of business cycles, e.g. the composite index and the Stock-Watson coincident index, have two shortcomings. First, they ignore information contained in quarterly indicator such as real GPD. Second, they lack economic interpretation; hence the heights of peaks and the depths of troughs depend on the choice of an index. This paper extends the Stock-Watson coincident index by applying maximum likelihood factor analysis to a mixed-frequency series of quarterly real GDP and monthly coincident business cycle indicators. The resulting index is related to latent monthly real GDP.

Discipline

Economics

Research Areas

Econometrics

Volume

18-2002

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
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