Concordance in Business Cycles

Author/Editor:

C. John McDermott ; Alasdair Scott

Publication Date:

March 1, 2000

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

We study the properties of a test that determines whether two time series comove. The test computes a simple nonparametric statistic for “concordance,” which describes the proportion of time that the cycles of two series spend in the same phase. We establish the size and power properties of this test. As an illustration, the procedures are applied to output series from selected major industrial countries. We find limited evidence of widespread concordance for these countries.

Series:

Working Paper No. 00/37

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

March 1, 2000

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451845563/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0372000

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

31

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