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The Economic Sentiment Indicator: Leading Indicator - Properties in Old and New EU Member States

Maria Silgoner

Journal of Business Cycle Measurement and Analysis, 2008, vol. 2007, issue 2, 199-215

Abstract: This paper assesses the leading indicator properties of the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) of the European Commission, as well as two of its subcomponents, for industrial production growth. For this purpose we perform correlation analysis, Granger causality tests, an assessment on the ability to predict turning points and an out-of-sample forecasting exercise. Within a panel setting we compare the characteristics of these indicators for two subgroups of EU countries: the EU-15 and the new EU member states. We show that the forecasting quality and the leading indicator properties are still slightly lagging behind in the group of new EU member states. This may be related to the general problem of data quality and the undergone history of structural change in these countries that makes the assessment of future economic prospects particularly difficult.

Keywords: Leading indicators; Business cycle fluctuations; Forecasting; New EU member states (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
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