On This PageNovember 2002, No. 183

A Regional Perspective on the U.S. Business Cycle
Last Updated: 10/16/02

It is not difficult to come up with a definition of the business cycle that most of us would understand. A thornier issue is how to come up with an empirical measure of the business cycle. This article tackles the question and, in the process, offers a new measure of the U.S. business cycle, derived from regional data. A highlight of this approach is that it facilitates the identification of region-specific influences, such as technology booms or commodity price spikes.