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The Conventional Treatment of Seasonality in Business Cycle Analysis: Does it Create Distortions?

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  • Lawrence J. Christiano
  • Richard M. Todd

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'No.' So says one model that is broadly consistent with postwar U.S. seasonal and business cycle data.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Technical Working Papers with number 0266.

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Publication status: published as Christiano, Lawrence J. and Richard M. Todd. "The Conventional Treatment Of Seasonality In Business Cycle Analysis: Does It Create Distortions?," Journal of Monetary Economics, 2002, v49(2,Mar), 335-364.
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