Business Cycles in Developed and Emerging Economies: Evidence from a Univariate Markov Switching Approach

Altug S., Bildirici M. E.

EMERGING MARKETS FINANCE AND TRADE, vol.48, pp.4-38, 2012 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 48
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.2753/ree1540-496x480601
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.4-38
  • Keywords: business cycles, Markov switching approach, nonparametric modeling, turning point analysis, TIME-SERIES
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This paper characterizes business cycle phenomena in a sample of twenty-seven developed and emerging economies using a univariate Markov regime-switching approach. It examines the efficacy of this approach for detecting business cycle turning points and for identifying distinct economic regimes for each country in question. The paper also presents results on business cycle synchronization for the sample of countries under consideration. The findings of the paper have implications for understanding the commonalities and differences in cyclical phenomena for a diverse set of developed and emerging economies.