Multidimensional scaling analysis of the dynamics of a country economy

J. A. Tenreiro Machado, Maria Eugénia Mata

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Abstract

This paper analyzes the Portuguese short-run business cycles over the last 150 years and presents the multidimensional scaling (MDS) for visualizing the results. The analytical and numerical assessment of this long-run perspective reveals periods with close connections between the macroeconomic variables related to government accounts equilibrium, balance of payments equilibrium, and economic growth. The MDS method is adopted for a quantitative statistical analysis. In this way, similarity clusters of several historical periods emerge in the MDS maps, namely, in identifying similarities and dissimilarities that identify periods of prosperity and crises, growth, and stagnation. Such features are major aspects of collective national achievement, to which can be associated the impact of international problems such as the World Wars, the Great Depression, or the current global financial crisis, as well as national events in the context of broad political blueprints for the Portuguese society in the rising globalization process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15
JournalScientificWorld Journal
VolumeVol- 2013
Issue numberNA
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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