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On the Predictive Power of Yield Spread for Future Growth and Recession: The Turkish Case

  • Huseyin Kaya


    (Bahcesehir University
    Bahcesehir University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences)

This paper investigates the predictive power of the yield spread on future industrial production growth and recession in Turkey. Employing the linear regression model we find that the yield spread has predictive power when forecasting industrial production growth. The results also suggest that in the inflation targeting monetary policy period, predictive power of the yield spread has increased. Furthermore, we investigate whether the yield spread predicts recession by employing a probit model. Since no official recessions are available in Turkey, we determine the recessions using the BBQ methodology. The findings suggest that the yield spread predicts the recessions about one year ahead.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2013
Date of revision: Mar 2013
Handle: RePEc:bae:wpaper:010
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