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How does ECRI compare to the OECD?

Nearly half a century ago, ECRI co-founder Geoffrey H. Moore pioneered the creation of international leading indexes. Almost a decade later, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) followed suit using a different statistical procedure. In addition, the components of their leading indexes – unlike ECRI’s – varied from country to country, based largely on historical back-fitting.


• The historical median leads of ECRI’s long leading indexes were at least three months greater than their OECD counterparts in the U.S. case, and at least four months more for Japan and Germany.

• OECD leading indexes are subject to more revision than ECRI indexes because, in addition to input data revisions, they are also revised due to monthly re-estimation of their components’ trends going back to the beginning of each time series. That is not true of ECRI’s indexes.

Both theoretically and empirically, ECRI’s leading indexes are superior to the corresponding OECD indexes. Furthermore, ECRI’s leading indexes are not limited to a single leading index of economic growth for each economy. Rather, we maintain multiple specialized leading indexes for each economy, and especially for the major economies, including China and India, for both of which we were the first to develop leading indexes.

More importantly, ECRI has been studying economic cycles – and forecasting recessions and recoveries – longer and more reliably than anyone, anywhere, and our methods aren’t taught anywhere in the world.

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