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Booms and Slumps in World Commodity Prices

  • C. John McDermott
  • Paul Cashin
  • Alasdair Scott

This paper examines the duration and magnitude of commodity-price cycles. It finds that for most commodities, price slumps last longer than price booms. How far prices fall in a slump is found to be slightly larger than how far they rebound in a subsequent boom. There is little evidence of a consistent ‘shape’ to commodity-price cycles. For all commodities, the probability of an end to a slump in prices is independent of the time already spent in the slump, and for most commodities, the probability of an end to a boom in prices is independent of the time already spent in the boom.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 99/155.

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Date of creation: 01 Nov 1999
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:99/155
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