We document novel shifts in the lead-lag properties of the US business cycle since the mid-1980s that have gone unnoticed in contemporary research. Specifically, (i) the well-known inverted-leading-indicator-property of real interest rates has completely vanished; (ii) labour productivity switched from leading positively to lagging negatively over the cycle; (iii) Labour input measures shifted from lagging labour productivity pos- itively to leading negatively; (iv) Unemployment rate shifted from lagging productivity negatively to leading positively. Many contemporary business cycle models produce counterfactual cross-correlations. Determining the underlying sources of these shifts in the lead-lag properties is challenging yet a promising direction for future research.

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Keywords Business Cycles, Cross-Correlations, DSGE Models, Interest Rates, Productivity, Hours, Employment, Unemployment
JEL Employment; Unemployment; Wages (jel E24), Business Fluctuations; Cycles (jel E32), Determination of Interest Rates; Term Structure of Interest Rates (jel E43)
Publisher Department of Economics
Series Carleton Economics Working Papers (CEWP)
Brault, Joshua, & Khan, H.U. (2018). The Shifts in Lead-Lag Properties of the US Business Cycle (No. CEP 18-03). Carleton Economics Working Papers (CEWP). Department of Economics.