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Regional business cycle phases in Japan

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  • Howard J. Wall

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This paper uses a Markov-switching model with structural breaks to characterize and compare regional business cycles in Japan for 1976-2005. An early 1990s structural break meant a reduction in national and regional growth rates in expansion and recession, usually resulting in an increase in the spread between the two phases. Although recessions tended to be experienced across a majority of regions throughout the sample period, the occurrence and lengths of recessions at the regional level have increased over time.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in its series Working Papers with number 2006-053.

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Date of creation: 2006
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Publication status: Published in Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review, January/February 2007, 89(1), pp. 61-76
Handle: RePEc:fip:fedlwp:2006-053

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Keywords: Business cycles ; Economic conditions - Japan;

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  1. Beate Schirwitz & Christian Seiler & Klaus Wohlrabe, 2009. "Regionale Konjunkturzyklen in Deutschland – Teil II: Die Zyklendatierung," Ifo Schnelldienst, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 62(14), pages 24-31, 07.
  2. Punzi, Maria Teresa, 2012. "Housing market and current account imbalances in the international economy," Research Discussion Papers 1/2012, Bank of Finland.

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