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A suggested framework for classifying the modes of cycle research

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  • Adrian Pagan

    (Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Research (CAMA), Australian National University, Australia)

  • Don Harding

    (Department of Economics, The University of Melbourne, Australia)

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The paper argues that it is important to realize that the concept of a cycle has rarely been precisely articulated in empirical work and that often researchers are using very different definitions of it. We propose a two-fold classification based upon what series one is measuring a cycle in and how one would recognize a cycle in such a series. The paper illustrates how one can then categorize existing research based upon how it answers these questions. It also shows that the existence and properties of a cycle differ greatly depending upon which of the categories the researcher is using. Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Adrian Pagan & Don Harding, 2005. "A suggested framework for classifying the modes of cycle research," Journal of Applied Econometrics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 20(2), pages 151-159.
  • Handle: RePEc:jae:japmet:v:20:y:2005:i:2:p:151-159 DOI: 10.1002/jae.838
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