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A new look at economic indexes for the states in the Third District

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  • Theodore M. Crone
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    If we want to know how things are going in the economy, which measures should we look at? Unemployment? GDP? Or something else? One solution is to combine several measures into a composite index of current or future economic activity. Several years ago, the Philadelphia Fed did just that for the states in the Third District. Now, a number of factors suggest that revisions of those indexes are in order. This article explains what those revisions entail and why the new indexes are better than the old ones.

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    Article provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia in its journal Business Review.

    Volume (Year): (2000)
    Issue (Month): Nov ()
    Pages: 3-14

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    Handle: RePEc:fip:fedpbr:y:2000:i:nov:p:3-14

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    Cited by:
    1. Jason Bram & Andrew Haughwout & James Orr & Robert Rich & Rae Rosen, 2004. "The linkage between regional economic indexes and tax bases: evidence from New York," Staff Reports 188, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
    2. Allan Layton & Anirvan Banerji, 2003. "What is a recession?: A reprise," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 35(16), pages 1789-1797.
    3. Donatella Baiardi & Carluccio Bianchi, 2012. "Un Indicatore per la Lombardia e per le Province di Milano e Pavia (Nuova versione)," Quaderni di Dipartimento 158, University of Pavia, Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods.
    4. Jason P. Brown & Raymond J.G.M. Florax & Kevin T. McNamara, 2008. "Evolution Of Investment Flows In U.S. Manufacturing:A Spatial Panel Approach," Working Papers 08-06, Purdue University, College of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Economics.

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