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Constructing a Coincident Index of Business Cycles Without Assuming a One-Factor Model

  • Yasutomo Murasawa
  • Roberto S. Mariano

The Stock--Watson coincident index and its subsequent extensions assume a static linear one-factor model for the component indicators. Such assumption is restrictive in practice, however, with as few as four indicators. In fact, such assumption is unnecessary if one poses the index construction problem as optimal prediction of latent monthly real GDP. This paper estimates a VAR model for latent monthly real GDP and other indicators using the observable mixed-frequency series. The EM algorithm is useful for overcoming the computational difficulty, especially in model selection. The smoothed estimate of latent monthly real GDP is the proposed index

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Paper provided by Econometric Society in its series Econometric Society 2004 Far Eastern Meetings with number 710.

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