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NBERCYCLES: Stata module to generate graph command (and optionally graph) timeseries vs. NBER recession dating


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  • Christopher F Baum

    (Boston College)


nbercycles accesses a copy of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) record of economic cycles (see, the official dating of U.S. business cycle phases: contractions (recessions) and expansions, defined by their peaks and troughs, from 1854-Sep 2010. The ancillary Stata database distributed in the nbercycles package reproduces the data on the NBER web page, and adds quarterly dating information. Given a time-series variable name (and, optionally, a range of dates) nbercycles generates a line graph of the series, superimposed on the shaded NBER-defined recession periods. nbercycles assumes that the recession of December 2007 is still ongoing.

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Software component provided by Boston College Department of Economics in its series Statistical Software Components with number S456746.

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Requires: Stata version 9.2
Date of creation: 26 Jul 2006
Date of revision: 28 Jan 2011
Handle: RePEc:boc:bocode:s456746

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Keywords: time series; recession; NBER; graphics; tsline;


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