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Evaluating a leading indicator: an application—the term spread

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  • Herman O. Stekler

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  • Tianyu Ye

    (George Washington University)

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This paper analyzes the procedures that have previously been used to evaluate indicators. These methods determine whether the indicator correctly classifies periods when there was (not) a recession. These approaches do not show whether or not an indicator signaled a turn or failed to predict it. This paper then presents a new approach and applies it to the term spread series. The results are mixed because the indicator predicts every recession but also generates a large number of false signals. This result may explain why economists do not always place great weight on this series.

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  • Herman O. Stekler & Tianyu Ye, 2017. "Evaluating a leading indicator: an application—the term spread," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 53(1), pages 183-194, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:empeco:v:53:y:2017:i:1:d:10.1007_s00181-016-1200-7
    DOI: 10.1007/s00181-016-1200-7
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    Keywords

    Leading series; ROC curve; Precision–Recall curve; Yield spread puzzle;
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    • E37 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Forecasting and Simulation: Models and Applications

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