Hodrick-Prescott (HP) Filter


DEFINITION of 'Hodrick-Prescott (HP) Filter'

A data-smoothing technique that is commonly applied to remove short-term fluctuations that are associated with the business cycle, thereby revealing long-term trends.

BREAKING DOWN 'Hodrick-Prescott (HP) Filter'

The HP filter is used to determine the long term trend of a time series by discounting the importance of short term price fluctuations. In practice it is used to smooth and detrend the Conference Board's Help Wanted Index (HWI) so that it can be benchmarked against the Bureau of Labor Statistic's JOLTS, an economic data series that may more accurately measure job vacancies in the U.S.

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  2. Bureau Of Labor Statistics - BLS

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  3. Organized Labor

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  4. Help-Wanted Index - HWI

    The U.S. job market index, published monthly by the Conference ...
  5. The Conference Board

    A not-for-profit research organization for businesses that distributes ...
  6. Benchmark

    A standard against which the performance of a security, mutual ...
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