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Sequential Detection of US Business Cycle Turning Points: Performances of Shiryayev-Roberts, CUSUM and EWMA Procedures

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  • Bakhodir A Ergashev

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In this paper we consider the problem of sequential detecting change points in economic time series. We compare the performances of three well known procedures, Shiryayev-Roberts, CUSUM and EWMA, in the problem of early detection of the US business cycle turning points using leading indicators or some financial series. The comparison was done separately for detecting recessions and expansions during the period of 1955-2003. We found that in most cases the Shiryayev-Roberts procedure is superior to the other two in detecting turning points with leading indicators. At the same time the CUSUM procedure performs better in detecting turning points with stock price indices.

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  • Bakhodir A Ergashev, 2004. "Sequential Detection of US Business Cycle Turning Points: Performances of Shiryayev-Roberts, CUSUM and EWMA Procedures," Econometrics 0402001, EconWPA, revised 16 Mar 2004.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpem:0402001
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    Keywords

    Business cycles; change point detection; leading indicators;

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    • C1 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General
    • C2 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables
    • E3 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles

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