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A daily fever curve for the Swiss economy

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  • Marc Burri
  • Daniel Kaufmann

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Because macroeconomic data is published with a substantial delay, assessing the health of the economy during the rapidly evolving Covid-19 crisis is challenging. We develop a fever curve for the Swiss economy using publicly available daily financial market and news data. The indicator can be computed with a delay of one day. Moreover, it is highly correlated with macroeconomic data and survey indicators of Swiss economic activity. Therefore, it provides timely and reliable warning signals if the health of the economy takes a turn for the worse.

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  • Marc Burri & Daniel Kaufmann, 2020. "A daily fever curve for the Swiss economy," IRENE Working Papers 20-05, IRENE Institute of Economic Research.
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    Keywords

    Covid-19; Leading indicator; Financial market data; News sentiment; Forecasting; Switzerland;
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    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E37 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Forecasting and Simulation: Models and Applications
    • C53 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Forecasting and Prediction Models; Simulation Methods

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