Characteristics of Business Cycle or Trade Cycle
Following are the important characteristics of business cycle.
Aggregate economic activity – Fluctuations in the aggregate economic activity represents business cycle. If there are downswing and upswing trends in a particular sector of the economy, they will not present trade cycle.
Pervasive in effects – Whenever an expansion or contraction takes place in any sector of the economy it represents to all other sectors of the economy like an epidemic e.g. if investment expands it results in an increase in national income, employment level etc.
Rhythmic changes – It means, if there is an expansion in any sector of the economy, it will affect all other sectors which will also move upward in a rhythmic manner. Hence, all the economic activities move together in one direction. Thus, there is no possibility to have an expansion in one sector of the economy and simultaneously a contraction in another sector of the economy.