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Reconsidering the business cycle and stabilisation policies in South Africa

  • Stan du Plessis

This paper applies an alternative dating algorithm - suggested by Harding and Pagan (for example, 2002a) - to identify the turning points of the South African business cycle. The characteristics of the resulting business cycle are analysed and compared with results obtained for the official cycle in recent papers on the South African business cycle (du Plessis and Smit, 2003; du Plessis, 2004). The alternative business cycle has plausible characteristics and provides supporting evidence for the thesis that monetary policy has been used more consistently to dampen the cycle of economic activity in South Africa since the early nineties.

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Paper provided by Economic Research Southern Africa in its series Working Papers with number 10.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2005
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Handle: RePEc:rza:wpaper:10
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