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Do professional forecasters pay attention to data releases?

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  • Clements, Michael P.

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We present a novel approach to assessing the attentiveness of professional forecasters to news about the macroeconomy. We find evidence that professional forecasters, taken as a group, do not always update their estimates of the current state of the economy to reflect the latest releases of revised estimates of key data.

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

Volume (Year): 28 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 297-308

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Handle: RePEc:eee:intfor:v:28:y:2012:i:2:p:297-308

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Keywords: Survey expectations; Data revisions; Inattention;

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  1. Sill, Keith, 2014. "Forecast disagreement in the Survey of Professional Forecasters," Business Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, issue Q2, pages 15-24.

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