The graphic shows contracting and expanding business cycles from the 1970s to the present; the first page shows what appears to be a two-year old's drawing, which then in later pages resolves into a picture of smaller and greater economic fluctuations over the last thirty years.
The OECD's link offers more interactive but less pretty graphic which allows you to select for different countries, and offers four factors: ind. prod, composite indicators, business confidence, consumer confidence. http://stats.oecd.org/mei/bcc/default.html
(I would suggest putting it at max speed, 20, and maximum tail length, 24)
What interests me is that, at least in the US, in the last two years consumer confidence seems to have been a predictive indicator, cutting a trail the other indicators followed, in a way that it previously was not (in the '90s-2002 for example consumer confidence followed behind the other indicators). This is probably a result of the foreclosures and home value losses and the media coverage surrounding them, followed by the bailouts. Last fall, people were talking about the possibility of heading into a second Great Depression, even before they began loosing their jobs.
I wonder if this is related to a change in elite business news, and concurrently a change in the prominence economic news has in popular sources. Business news has become more reflective, more sociocultural in orientation, and at the same time more popularizing--think of the Gillian Tett phenomenon, and FT's spring series, the "Crisis of Capitalism". American liberal intellectuals are paying attention to business news in a way that they were not, previously--look at "This American Life's" offshoot, "Planet Money" (thisamericanlife.org; http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/planet_money_podcast/
) and "Marketplace" also began offering comical explanations of arcane financial instruments for everyday people on its website http://marketplace.publicradio.org/
I wonder if changes in our general relation to media, and media coverage of business is going to lead to a lasting change in the way that consumer confidence tracks or predicts other economic indicators. Could it be that the inherent reflexivity of economic cycles is going to go even deeper...?