What Do the Leading Indicators Lead?
Journal of Business, Vol. 59, No 1, January 1996
Posted: 16 Jul 1998
We find that the composite leading index (CLI) is useful forforecasting GNP, both in sample and in an out-of-sample real-time exercise. We propose a nonlinear specification in which cyclical shifts of the CLI precede those in GNP. However, we find that better forecasts are provided by a simple linear relation between current GNP growth and the growth rate of the CLI during the previous quarter 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.
JEL Classification: G21
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