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Classical vs wavelet-based filters Comparative study and application to business cycle

Ibrahim Ahamada and Philippe Jolivaldt ()
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Philippe Jolivaldt: Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne, https://centredeconomiesorbonne.cnrs.fr

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Abstract: In this article, we compare the performance of Hodrickk-Prescott and Baxter-King filters with a method of filtering based on the multi-resolution properties of wavelets. We show that overall the three methods remain comparable if the theoretical cyclical component is defined in the usual waveband, ranging between six and thirty two quarters. However the approach based on wavelets provides information about the business cycle, for example, its stability over time which the other two filters do not provide. Based on Monte Carlo simulation experiments, our method applied to the American GDP using growth rate data shows that the estimate of the business cycle component is richer in information than that deduced from the level of GDP and includes additional information about the post 1980 period of great moderation

Keywords: Filters HP; wavelets; Monte Carlo Simulation; break; business cycles (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C15 C22 C65 E32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 19 pages
Date: 2010-03
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-cmp, nep-ecm and nep-ets
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