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Short-Run Forecasting of Argentine GDP Growth

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  • Marcos Dal Bianco
  • Jaime Martinez-Martín
  • Maximo Camacho

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In this paper, we propose a small-scale dynamic factor model for monitoring Argentine GDP in real time using economic data at mixed frequencies (monthly and quarterly). Our model not only produces a coincident index of the Argentine business cycle in striking accordance with professional consensus and the history of the Argentine business cycle, but also generates accurate short-run forecasts of Argentine GDP growth. By using a simulated real-time empirical evaluation, we are able to demonstrate that our model produces reliable backcasts, nowcasts and forecasts well before the official data is released.

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Paper provided by BBVA Bank, Economic Research Department in its series Working Papers with number 1314.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2013
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Handle: RePEc:bbv:wpaper:1314

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Keywords: Real-time forecasting; Argentine GDP; business cycles; state-space models; mixed frequencies;

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