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Forecast Failure, Expectations Formation and the Lucas Critique

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  • David F. HENDRY

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Since forecast failure is due to unanticipated location shifts, 'sensible' agents should adopt 'robust forecasting rules'. In such a non-stationary world, causal variables can dominate non-causal in forecasting, so 'rational expectations' do not have a sound basis: agents cannot know how all relevant information enters the data density at every point in time. Although econometric models 'break down' intermittently, that is not due to the Lucas critique and need not preclude policy analyses.

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Article provided by ENSAE in its journal Annals of Economics and Statistics.

Volume (Year): (2002)
Issue (Month): 67-68 ()
Pages: 21-40

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Handle: RePEc:adr:anecst:y:2002:i:67-68:p:02

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  1. Neil R. Ericsson, 2000. "Predictable uncertainty in economic forecasting," International Finance Discussion Papers 695, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  2. Sohrab Rafiq, 2013. "The Growth and Stabilization Properties of Fiscal Policy in Malaysia," IMF Working Papers 13/149, International Monetary Fund.

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