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The effects of institutional and technological change and business cycle fluctuations on seasonal patterns in quarterly industrial production series

  • van Dijk, Dick


    (Econometric Institute, Erasmus University Rotterdam)

  • Strikholm, Birgit


    (Dept. of Economic Statistics, Stockholm School of Economics)

  • Teräsvirta, Timo


    (Dept. of Economic Statistics, Stockholm School of Economics)

Changes in the seasonal patterns of macroeconomic time series may be due to the effects of business cycle fluctuations or to technological and institutional change or both. We examine the relative importance of these two sources of change in seasonality for quarterly industrial production series of the G7 countries. We find compelling evidence that the effects of gradual institutional and technological change are much more important than the effects attributable to the business cycle.

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Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 0429.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: 07 Mar 2001
Date of revision: 16 May 2002
Publication status: Published in Econometrics Journal, 2003, pages 79-98.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0429
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