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Forecasting Inflation Forecast Errors

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  • Andrea Betancor
  • Pablo Pincheira

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We evaluate inflation forecasts from the Survey of Professional Forecasters (SPF) of the Central Bank of Chile. Forecast errors for the period 2000-2008 show an excess of autocorrelation and a statistically significant bias at the end of the sample. We take advantage of the autocorrelation structure of the forecast errors to build new and more accurate inflation forecasts. We evaluate these new forecasts in an out-of-sample exercise. The new forecasts display important reductions in bias and Mean Square Prediction Error. Moreover, these reductions are, in general, statistically significant.

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Paper provided by Central Bank of Chile in its series Working Papers Central Bank of Chile with number 477.

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Handle: RePEc:chb:bcchwp:477

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  1. Pablo Pincheira, 2012. "A Joint Test of Superior Predictive Ability for Chilean Inflation Forecasts," Journal Economía Chilena (The Chilean Economy), Central Bank of Chile, vol. 15(3), pages 04-39, December.

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