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The course of the Great Depression
Heinemeyer, Hans Christian ;  Universität <Berlin, Freie Universität> / Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaft

Main titleThe course of the Great Depression
Subtitlea consistent business cycle dating approach
AuthorHeinemeyer, Hans Christian
InstitutionUniversität <Berlin, Freie Universität> / Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaft
No. of Pages54 S.
Series Diskussionsbeiträge des Fachbereichs Wirtschaftswissenschaft ; 2007/14 : Volkswirtschaftliche Reihe
Classification (DDC)330 Economics
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AbstractThis study dates business cycles in 10 European countries, the
United States, and Japan between 1925 and 1936. The aim is to
establish a consistent dating of the world economic crisis, which is a
precondition for understanding the sharp economic decline in many
countries during the interwar period.
Three approaches were applied that are common in business cycle
dating. First, a deskriptive analysis infers on recessions based on
the two-consecutive quarters approach often associated with the US
National Bureau of Economic Research. Second, the time series is
decomposed into trend and cycle using the Hodrick-Prescott (1980)
filter. The third approach is to use Markov-regime switching models,
which was proposed by Hamilton (1989) for such purposes.
The results of confirm that the Great Depression was a global
phenomenon, not limited to the US or Germany. Business cycle comovement
in the interwar period is at a level comparable to the post-
WWII period. This finding points at the contribution of international
business cycle integration to the course of the decline in single countries.
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FU DepartmentDepartment Business and Economics
Year of publication2007
Type of documentBook
LanguageEnglish
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Static URLhttp://edocs.fu-berlin.de/docs/receive/FUDOCS_document_000000000209
ISBN3-938369-62-0
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