22 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2007
Date Written: October 2007
Over the Great Moderation period in the United States, we find that corporate credit spreads embed crucial information about the one-year-ahead probability of recession, as evidenced by both in-and out-of-sample fit. Furthermore, the incidence of false positive predictions of recession is dramatically reduced by utilizing a bivariate model that includes a measure of credit spreads along with the slope of the yield curve; indeed, these bivariate models provide much better forecasting performance than any combination of univariate models. We also find that optimal (Bayesian) model combination strongly dominates simple averaging of model forecasts in predicting recessions.
Keywords: Recession forecasting, yield curve, term spread, credit spread
JEL Classification: E37, E44
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
King, Thomas B. and Levin, Andrew T. and Perli, Roberto, Financial Market Perceptions of Recession Risk (October 2007). FEDS Working Paper No. 2007-57. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1049081 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1049081
By Ben Bernanke