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Predicting Recessions And Slowdowns--A Robust Approach

  • Pami Dua

    (Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi, India)

  • ANIRVAN BANERJI

    (Economic Cycle Research Institute (ECRI) New York)

This paper defines business and growth rate cycles and describes the importance of key coincident indicators and reference chronologies, following reflections on the definition of a recession. The robustness of turning point forecasts based on the indicator approach to business and growth rate cycles is discussed. Since economies undergo structural changes over the course of a business cycle, and rapid structural changes are characteristic of developing economies in particular, practical methods for the analysis and prediction of business cycles need to be robust to such shifts. The recent Great Recession also underscores why “this time, it’s different” should not be considered a valid excuse for forecasting failure.

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Paper provided by Centre for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics in its series Working papers with number 202.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2011
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Handle: RePEc:cde:cdewps:202
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