A Coincident Indicator of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Business Cycle

Author/Editor:

Abdullah Al-Hassan

Publication Date:

April 1, 2009

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper constructs a coincident indicator for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) area business cycle. The resulting coincident indicator provides a reliable measure of the GCC business cycle; over the last decade, the GCC coincident index and the real GDP growth have moved closely together. Since the indicator is constructed using a small number of common factors, the strong correlation between the indicator and real GDP growth points to a high degree of commonality across GCC economies. The timing and direction of movements in macroeconomic variables are characterized with respect to the coincident indicator. Finally, to obtain a meaningful economic interpretation of the latent factors, their behavior is compared to the observed economic variables.

Series:

Working Paper No. 09/73

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

April 1, 2009

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451872200/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2009073

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

34

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