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The cyclical nature of Consumer Sentiments Indices in the US and UK


  • Easaw, Joshy
  • Ghoshray, Atanu


The present paper investigates the cyclical nature of Consumer Sentiments Indices (CSIs) for the US and UK. Using Threshold Autoregressive (TAR) models the empirical analysis indicates that the US CSI is mean reverting but adjusts asymmetrically and downwardly rigid.

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  • Easaw, Joshy & Ghoshray, Atanu, 2008. "The cyclical nature of Consumer Sentiments Indices in the US and UK," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 37(5), pages 1994-1998, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:37:y:2008:i:5:p:1994-1998

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