Discussion paper

DP14484 Real-Time Weakness of the Global Economy: A First Assessment of the Coronavirus Crisis

We propose an empirical framework to measure the degree of weakness of the
global economy in real-time. It relies on nonlinear factor models designed to infer
recessionary episodes of heterogeneous deepness, and fitted to the largest advanced
economies (U.S., Euro Area, Japan, U.K., Canada and Australia) and emerging markets (China, India, Russia, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa). Based on such inferences, we construct a Global Weakness Index that has three main features. First, it
can be updated as soon as new regional data is released, as we show by measuring
the economic effects of coronavirus. Second, it provides a consistent narrative of the
main regional contributors of world economy’s weakness. Third, it allows to perform
robust risk assessments based on the probability that the level of global weakness
would exceed a certain threshold of interest in every period of time.

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Citation

Leiva-León, D, G Pérez-Quirós and E Rots (eds) (2020), “DP14484 Real-Time Weakness of the Global Economy: A First Assessment of the Coronavirus Crisis”, CEPR Press Discussion Paper No. 14484. https://cepr.org/publications/dp14484