Changes in seasonal patterns: are they cyclical?


Canova, Fabio and Ghysels, Eric (1994) Changes in seasonal patterns: are they cyclical? Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 18, (6), 1143-1171. (doi:10.1016/0165-1889(94)90051-5).

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This paper explores the hypothesis that the seasonal patterns of macroeconomic variables vary with expansions and contractions. Graphical techniques and generalized predictive tests for structural stability are used to identify and test patterns of changing seasonality. A Monte Carlo exercise shows the power of the tests against interesting alternatives. The empirical results suggest that seasonal patterns are unstable and that in many cases changes are linked to the stages of the business cycle. The forecasting costs incurred by treating seasonality as constant are discussed and evaluated.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0165-1889 (print)
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Keywords: seasonality, business cycles, structural stability
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Economics
ePrint ID: 32938
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2007
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:20
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/32938

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