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An experimental index for the Business Outlook Survey: some preliminary findings

Michael Trebing

Research Rap Special Report, 2011, issue Sep

Abstract: The Philadelphia Fed?s Business Outlook Survey (BOS) receives considerable attention because it is viewed as both a regional and a national indicator of the anufacturing sector. The value of the survey as an important indicators is due, no doubt, to its unusual longevity (conducted monthly since 1968) and to the fact that manufacturing remains quite sensitive to shifts in overall economic activity. Several studies have shown that the survey?s indexes are useful in quantitatively estimating how the manufacturing sector is doing along a variety of dimension

Keywords: Business; Outlook; Survey (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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