Common and Idiosyncratic Components in Real Output : Further International Evidence

Author/Editor:

Francisco d Nadal De Simone

Publication Date:

December 1, 2002

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper uses the classical (level) definition of business cycles to analyze the characteristics-duration, amplitude, steepness, and cumulative output movements-of the real GDP series of France, Germany, Italy, the rest of the euro area, and the United States. An index of concordance and its test statistic suggest a great deal of comovement/synchronization between output cycles. Following that result, a dynamic factor model is estimated. Output fluctuations are mostly explained by a global common component and an euro area common component. However, idiosyncratic components also matter, especially for France, the rest of the euro area, and the United States.

Series:

Working Paper No. 02/229

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

December 1, 2002

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451875485/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2292002

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

19

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