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What Do the Leading Indicators Lead? (ICPSR 1127) RSS

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The authors find that the composite leading index (CLI) is useful for forecasting gross national product (GNP), both in a sample and an out-of-sample real-time exercise. They propose a nonlinear specification in which cyclical shifts of the CLI precede those in GNP. However, the authors find that better forecasts are provided by a simple linear relation between current GNP growth along with an error-correction term corresponding to the previous quarter's logarithmic difference between the level of the CLI and the level of GNP.

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Hamilton, James D., and Gabriel Perez-Quiros. What Do the Leading Indicators Lead?. ICPSR01127-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2000-08-28. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR01127.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   economic indicators, Gross National Product

Geographic Coverage:   United States

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(1) There are three subdirectories that contain the data and program files: aer97, jpe96, and jbus96. (2) These data are part of ICPSR's Publication-Related Archive and are distributed exactly as they arrived from the data depositor. ICPSR has not checked or processed this material. Users should consult the investigators if further information is desired.

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