NY Fed Model: 1-in-167 Chance of 2012 Double-Dip

The New York Federal Reserve recently updated its “Probability of U.S. Recession Predicted by Treasury Spread” with treasury yield data through May 2011, and the Fed’s recession probability forecast through May 2012. The NY Fed’s Treasury model uses the spread between the yields on 10-year Treasury notes (3.17% in December) and 3-month Treasury bills (0.04%) to calculate the probability of a U.S. recession up to twelve months ahead (see details here).

The Fed’s model (data here) shows that the recession probability peaked during the October 2007 to April 2008 period at around 37-42% (see chart above), and has been declining since then in almost every month. According to the NY Fed model, the odds of a double-dip recession in May of next year are 0.60%, or about 1 in 167.

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Affiliation: University of Michigan

Dr. Mark J. Perry is a professor of economics and finance in the School of Management at the Flint campus of the University of Michigan.

He holds two graduate degrees in economics (M.A. and Ph.D.) from George Mason University in Washington, D.C. and an MBA degree in finance from the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Since 1997, Professor Perry has been a member of the Board of Scholars for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a nonpartisan research and public policy institute in Michigan.

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