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Yield Spread As a Leading Indicator of Real Economic Activity

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  • Rajan Goyal
  • K. Kanagasabapathy
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    There is growing evidence that the yield spread could serve as a leading indicator of real economic activity. This paper is an attempt to test this hypothesis for the Indian economy by relating movements in the yield spread in the government securities market to movements in the index of industrial production. The results show that yield spread could, inter alia, be considered as a leading indicator of industrial activity in India.

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 02/91.

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    Length: 20
    Date of creation: 01 May 2002
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    Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:02/91

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    1. Pami Dua & Nishita Raje, 2010. "Determinants of Weekly Yields on Government Securities in India," Working papers 187, Centre for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics.
    2. Bhaduri, Saumitra & Saraogi, Ravi, 2010. "The predictive power of the yield spread in timing the stock market," Emerging Markets Review, Elsevier, vol. 11(3), pages 261-272, September.

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