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Modelling Comovements of Economic Time Series: A Selective Survey

Modelling comovements amongst multiple economic variables takes up a relevant part of the literature in time series econometrics. Comovement can be defined as "move together", that is as movement that several series have in common. The pattern of the series could be of different nature, such as trend, cycles, seasonality, being the results of different driving forces. As a results, series that comove share some common features. Common trends, common cycles, common seasonality are terms that are often found in the literature, different in scope but all aimed at modeling common behavior of the series. However, modeling comovements is not only a statistical matter, since in many cases common features are predicted by economic theory, resulting from the optimizing behavior of economic agents.

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Paper provided by Tor Vergata University, CEIS in its series CEIS Research Paper with number 215.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 26 Oct 2011
Date of revision: 26 Oct 2011
Handle: RePEc:rtv:ceisrp:215
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