A New Real-Time Indicator for the Euro Area GDP

Working Paper 2/2012

Abstract: The paper proposes a new real-time unrevised indicator tracking medium-to-long-term component in the quarterly growth of the euro area GDP. The new indicator is based on recently developed real-time filtration methodology, the multivariate direct filter approach, applied to selected business and consumer survey and share price data. The new indicator is found to have led another established indicator, the Eurocoin, by about three months since mid-2009 and be about coincident with but smoother than the PMI. In addition to the euro area aggregate indicator, the paper presents prototypical indicators for four biggest EU economies – Germany, France, the UK and Italy. Overall, the described filter approach appears to be able to provide somewhat better results in tracking business cycle developments than other widely used approaches.

Keywords: real-time signal extraction, coincident indicator, multivariate direct filter approach

JEL code: C13, C32, E32, E37

APA: Bušs, G. (2020, 20. sep.). A New Real-Time Indicator for the Euro Area GDP. Taken from https://www.macroeconomics.lv/node/2598
MLA: Bušs, Ginters. "A New Real-Time Indicator for the Euro Area GDP" www.macroeconomics.lv. Tīmeklis. 20.09.2020. <https://www.macroeconomics.lv/node/2598>.
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