Extracting Actuality from Judgement:
A New Index of the Business Cycle
Satoru Kanoh and Saibi Saito
We have developed an index for the business cycle that statistically extracts the actual state of the economy from the opinions of businessmen about their own business conditions. It is free from the common problem of conventional indexes that their values depend on the macroeconomic variables selected, which tends to be arbitrary. Our index is calculated using Bank of Japan TANKAN data. Empirical results show that the troughs and peaks projected by our index seem to have systematic relationships with business cycles that have been identified ex post by Japan's Economic Planning Agency.
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