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Forecasting industrial production using models with business cycle asymmetry

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This paper exploits an observed business cycle asymmetry, namely, a systematic shift in the dynamic relationship between output growth and an index for financial market conditions across expansionary and contractionary periods, to forecast monthly growth in industrial production. A bivariate model of monthly industrial production and the spread between the yield on 10-year Treasury notes and the federal funds rate is used as an example. This paper's method does not require a forecaster to make an exact exante determination of turning points in the output series being forecasted. A comparison of the forecast performance of various two-regime nonlinear and conventional linear models suggests that a measureable gain can be made by considering models which explicitly incorporate asymmetry in data.

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  • Chan Huh, 1998. "Forecasting industrial production using models with business cycle asymmetry," Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, pages 29-41.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedfer:y:1998:p:29-41:n:1
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    1. Bruno Giancarlo & Lupi Claudio, 2003. "Forecasting Euro-Area Industrial Production Using (Mostly) Business Surveys Data," ISAE Working Papers 33, ISTAT - Italian National Institute of Statistics - (Rome, ITALY).
    2. Döpke, Jörg & Pierdzioch, Christian, 1998. "Brokers and business cycles: Does financial market volatility cause real fluctuations?," Kiel Working Papers 899, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).

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