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On Detrending and Cyclical Asymmetry

This paper considers the issue of testing for symmetry of the business cycle. It is demonstrated that findings of symmetry should be interpreted with caution since tests tend to have low power to detect asymmetries when applied to data that have been filtered to isolate their stationary business-cycle component. This implies that asymmetries are likely to be detected in practice only when they are particularly prominent. An empirical application examines the properties of the cyclical component of real GDP from the G7 countries.

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Paper provided by Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in its series Department of Economics Working Papers with number 020.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2002
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Handle: RePEc:udt:wpecon:020
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