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What's happening in manufacturing: "survey says..."


  • Michael E. Trebing


In recent years, the Philadelphia Fed’s Business Outlook Survey (BOS) has received a great deal of attention from financial journalists and market participants. The monthly survey gathers information from manufacturers in the Third Federal Reserve District about current conditions at their plants and their expectations for the future. In this article, Mike Trebing evaluates whether the survey provides new information on short-term changes in the regional and national manufacturing sectors

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  • Michael E. Trebing, 1998. "What's happening in manufacturing: "survey says..."," Business Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, issue Sep, pages 15-29.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedpbr:y:1998:i:sep:p:15-29

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    1. John Bell & Theodore M. Crone, 1986. "Charting the course of the economy: what can local manufacturers tell us?," Business Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, issue Jul, pages 3-16.
    2. Batchelor, R A, 1986. "Quantitative v. Qualitative Measures of Inflation Expectations," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 48(2), pages 99-120, May.
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    1. Leonard I. Nakamura & Michael E. Trebing, 2008. "What does the Philadelphia Fed's Business Outlook Survey say about local activity?," Research Rap Special Report, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, issue Dec.
    2. R?diger Bachmann & Steffen Elstner & Eric R. Sims, 2013. "Uncertainty and Economic Activity: Evidence from Business Survey Data," American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, American Economic Association, vol. 5(2), pages 217-249, April.
    3. Takeshi Kimura, 2009. "Financial Constraints and Firms' Pricing Decisions," Bank of Japan Working Paper Series 09-E-4, Bank of Japan.
    4. Canas, Jesus & Kerr, Emily, 2014. "Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey: survey methodology and performance," Working Papers 1416, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

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