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Business Cycles in the New EU Member Countries and their Conformity with the Euro Area

By Michael Artis, Massimiliano Marcellino and Tommaso Proietti

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We analyse the evolution of the business cycle in the new EU member countries, after a careful examination of the seasonal properties of the available series and the required modification of the cycle dating procedures. We then focus on the degree of cyclical concordance within the group of new EU member countries, which turns out to be in general lower than that between the EU-15 countries (the Baltic countries constitute an exception). With respect to the euro area, the indications of synchronization are also generally low and lower relative to the position obtaining for countries taking part in previous enlargements (with the exceptions of Poland, Slovenia and Hungary).Business cycles, Dating algorithms, Cycle synchronization, EU enlargement, Seasonal adjustment

DOI identifier: 10.1787/jbcma-2005-5km7v183wfr5
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