Predicting Simultaneous Severe Recessions Using Yield Spreads as Leading Indicators

27 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2011 Last revised: 22 Feb 2012

Date Written: May 31, 2011

Abstract

Severe simultaneous recessions are defined to occur when at least half of the countries under investigation (Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, and United States) are in recession simultaneously. I pose two new research questions that extend upon stylized facts for US recessions. One, are the occurrences of simultaneous recessions predictable? Two, does the yield spread predict future occurrences of simultaneous recessions? I use the indicator for severe simultaneous recessions as the explained variable in probit models. The lagged yield spread is an important explanatory variable, where decreasing yield spreads are a leading indicator for severe simultaneous recessions. Both US and German yield spreads act as leading indicator for severe simultaneous recessions.

Keywords: Business Cycle, Recessions, Yield spread, Probit Model

JEL Classification: C25, E32, E43, F44, G15

Suggested Citation

Christiansen, Charlotte, Predicting Simultaneous Severe Recessions Using Yield Spreads as Leading Indicators (May 31, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1855937 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1855937

Charlotte Christiansen (Contact Author)

Aarhus University - CREATES ( email )

Fuglesangs Alle 4
Aarhus V, DK 8210
Denmark

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