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Title: Frequency domain analysis and filtering of business and consumer survey expectations
Author: Clavería González, Óscar
Monte Moreno, Enric
Torra Porras, Salvador
Keywords: Enquestes de consum
Indicadors econòmics
Anàlisi de sèries temporals
Consumer surveys
Economic indicators
Time-series analysis
Issue Date: Aug-2021
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: The main objective of this study is two-fold. First, we aim to detect the underlying existing periodicities in business and consumer survey expectations by means of spectral analysis. We use the Welch method to extract the harmonic components that correspond to the cyclic and seasonal patterns in all response options of monthly survey indicators. We find that business survey indicators show a common cyclical component of low frequency that corresponds to about four years, while for most consumer survey indicators we do not detect any relevant cyclic components, and the obtained lower frequency periodicities show a very irregular pattern across questions and reply options. Second, we aim to provide researchers with a filter especially designed for business and consumer survey expectations that circumvents the assumptions of other filtering methods. Most methods for seasonal adjustment are based on a priori assumptions about the structure of the components and do not depend on the features of the specific series. In order to overcome this limitation, we design a low-pass filter that allows extracting the components with periodicities similar to those that can be found in the dynamics of economic activity. We opt for a Butterworth filter and apply a zero-phase filtering process to preserve the time alignment of the time series. We find that the balances computed with the filtered series are highly correlated with the seasonally-adjusted balances published by the European Commission, albeit the former tend to be smoother for the consumer survey indicators.
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It is part of: International Economics, 2021, vol. 166, p. 42-57
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ISSN: 2110-7017
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Econometria, Estadística i Economia Aplicada)

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