Are we in a recession? The 'anxious index nowcast' knows!
Research Rap Special Report, 2014, issue Dec
When the economy is in the midst of a recession, even a severe one, it can be quite difficult at first to tell. For example, as the Great Recession took hold in late 2007 and early 2008, uncertainty lingered as to whether the economy had merely slowed or was already contracting. Unfortunately for policymakers, investors, and consumers ? all of whom might have been able to use such information to make better decisions regarding consumption, investment, and saving ? the recession was not officially called until December 2008. Similarly, the four prior recessions were anywhere from five to nine months old before their onset was declared.
Keywords: Recession; Survey of Professional Forecasters; SPF; Nowcast (search for similar items in EconPapers)
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
https://www.philadelphiafed.org/-/media/frbp/asset ... e-in-a-recession.pdf (application/pdf)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:fip:fedprr:00015
Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
Access Statistics for this article
Research Rap Special Report is currently edited by Becca Sells
More articles in Research Rap Special Report from Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by ().