Journal of Business Cycle Measurement and Analysis

The Journal of Business Cycle Measurement and Analysis has been discontinued as of 24 June 2016. This journal was published jointly with CIRET from 2004 to 2015. For more information see www.ciret.org/jbcy.


Forecast Evaluation of European Commission Survey Indicators

This study examines the contribution of several survey indicators published by the European Commission to forecasting overall economic activity in the euro area. It entails a quantitative evaluation of the information content of seven composite indicators with regard to GDP growth. A preliminary analysis looks at the stationarity and correlation properties of the variables. Based on bivariate VAR-models and the notion of forecast improvement, the methodological approach is two-fold: In a first step, the focussed relations are studied from an ex post perspective. Employing standard and individual Granger-causality tests, an initial assessment of the mean predictive content of the indicators is provided.


Keywords: Forecasting, Business Cycle, Forecast Evaluation, Confidence Indicators
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