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Should quarterly government finance statistics be used for fiscal surveillance in Europe?

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  • Pedregal, Diego J.
  • Pérez, Javier J.

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We use a newly available dataset of euro area quarterly national accounts fiscal data and construct multivariate state space mixed-frequencies models for the government deficit, revenue and expenditure in order to assess its information content and potential use for fiscal forecasting and monitoring purposes. The models are estimated using annual and quarterly national accounts fiscal data, but also incorporate monthly information taken from the cash accounts of the governments. The results show the usefulness of our approach for real-time fiscal policy surveillance in Europe, given the current policy framework in which the relevant official figures are expressed in annual terms.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal International Journal of Forecasting.

Volume (Year): 26 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 794-807

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Handle: RePEc:eee:intfor:v:26:y::i:4:p:794-807

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Keywords: Fiscal policies Mixed frequency data Forecasting Unobserved components models State space Kalman Filter;

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  1. Teresa Leal Linares & Javier J. Pérez, 2009. "Un sistema ARIMA con agregación temporal para la previsión y el seguimiento del déficit del Estado," Hacienda Pública Española, IEF, vol. 190(3), pages 27-58, June.
  2. Bianchi, Giuseppe & Cesaroni, Tatiana & Ricchi, Ottavio, 2010. "Previsioni delle Spese del Bilancio dello Stato attraverso i flussi di contabilità finanziaria
    [Forecasting Budget Expenditures using budget entities]
    ," MPRA Paper 27440, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Teresa Leal & Javier J. Pérez & Mika Tujula & Jean-Pierre Vidal, 2008. "Fiscal Forecasting: Lessons from the Literature and Challenges," Fiscal Studies, Institute for Fiscal Studies, vol. 29(3), pages 347-386, 09.
  4. Onorante, Luca & Pedregal, Diego J. & Pérez, Javier J. & Signorini, Sara, 2010. "The usefulness of infra-annual government cash budgetary data for fiscal forecasting in the euro area," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, vol. 32(1), pages 98-119, January.

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