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The Euro-Sting revisited: PMI versus ESI to obtain euro area GDP forecasts

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  • Maximo Camacho
  • Agustin Garcia-Serrador

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This paper uses an extension of the Euro-Sting single-index dynamic factor model to construct short-term forecasts of quarterly GDP growth for the euro area, as also including financial variables as leading indicators. From a simulated real-time exercise, the model is used to investigate the forecasting accuracy across the different phases of the business cycle. In addition, the model is used to evaluate the relative forecasting ability of the two most watched business cycle surveys for the eurozone, the PMI and the ESI. We show that the latter produces more accurate GDP forecasts than the former. Finally, the proposed model is also characterized by its great ability to capture the European business cycle, as well as the probabilities of expansion and/or contraction periods.

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Paper provided by BBVA Bank, Economic Research Department in its series Working Papers with number 1120.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2011
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Handle: RePEc:bbv:wpaper:1120

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Keywords: Real-time forecasting; dynamic factor model; eurozone GDP; business cycle;

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  1. Angel De la Fuente & Jose Emilio Bosca, 2011. "Gasto educativo por regiones y niveles en 2005," Working Papers 1119, BBVA Bank, Economic Research Department.
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