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Verfahren der konjunkturellen Wendepunktbestimmung unter Berücksichtigung der Echtzeit-Problematik

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  • Daniel Detzer
  • Christian R. Proaño
  • Katja Rietzler
  • Sven Schreiber

    (IMK at the Hans-Boeckler-Foundation)

  • Thomas Theobald

    (IMK at the Hans-Boeckler-Foundation)

  • Sabine Stephan

    (IMK at the Hans-Boeckler-Foundation)

Abstract

Forecasting business-cycle turning points under real-time conditions One of the greatest challenges in business cycle research is the timely and reliable identification of cyclical turning points.The data availability in real time constitutes a fundamental problem:First there is a publication lag of several months for some of the indicators concerning the real economy, and secondly those indicators are subject to substantial revisions even afterwards. The IMK undertook a systematic analysis of the business-cycle turning point detection problem in real time for Germany, applying and comparing four different econometric model classes. The employed methods recognize turning points two to four months ahead of official statistics in real time, for the evaluation sample of 2007 through 2010. A (nonlinear) dynamic probit model and a (linear) so-called subset VAR model seem to be especially well suited for this task. Based on our research results we conclude that it is advisable for the detection of turning points to combine many indicators.

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  • Daniel Detzer & Christian R. Proaño & Katja Rietzler & Sven Schreiber & Thomas Theobald & Sabine Stephan, 2012. "Verfahren der konjunkturellen Wendepunktbestimmung unter Berücksichtigung der Echtzeit-Problematik," IMK Studies 27-2012, IMK at the Hans Boeckler Foundation, Macroeconomic Policy Institute.
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