Real-time Turning Point Indicators: Review of Current International Practices (ESCoE DP 2020-05)

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Real-time Turning Point Indicators: Review of Current International Practices (ESCoE DP 2020-05)

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This paper presents the results of a survey that identifies real-time turning point indicators published by international statistical and economic institutions. It reports the evidence on past and present indicators used, the methodology underlying their construction and the way the indicators are presented. We find that business and consumer surveys are the most popular source of data and composite indicators like diffusion or first component are the most popular types of indicators. The use of novel databases, big data and machine learning has been limited so far but has a promising future.

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