The Properties Of Cycles In South African Financial Variables And Their Relation To The Business Cycle
The paper describes cyclicality in a range of local and international financial variables and their relation to cyclical behaviour in the South African real economy. Cycles are derived using a dating algorithm similar to that used to determine business cycle turning points and falls within the Burns-Mitchell tradition of business cycle analysis. Co-movement between phases in financial variables and similar phases in the business cycle are described using the concordance statistic, instead of the correlation statistic (which requires stationarity). This is a preliminary step in identifying financial variables that can act as leading indicators of economic activity. Copyright 2005 Economic Society of South Africa.
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Volume (Year): 73 (2005)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
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