Investigating uncertainty in macroeconomic forecasts by stochastic simulation
AbstractWe investigate four sources of uncertainty with CPBâ€™s macroeconomic model SAFFIER: provisional data, exogenous variables, model parameters and residuals of behavioural equations. Uncertainty is an inherent attribute of any forecast. We apply a Monte Carlo simulation technique to calculate standard errors for the short-term and medium-term horizon for GDP and eight other macroeconomic variables. The results demonstrate that the main contribution to the total variance of a medium-term forecast emanates from the uncertainty in the exogenous variables. For the short-term forecast both exogenous variables and provisional data are most relevant.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis in its series CPB Discussion Paper with number 112.
Date of creation: Sep 2008
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- C15 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Statistical Simulation Methods: General
- C53 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Forecasting and Prediction Models; Simulation Methods
- E20 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
- E27 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Forecasting and Simulation: Models and Applications
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- NEP-CMP-2008-10-13 (Computational Economics)
- NEP-ECM-2008-10-13 (Econometrics)
- NEP-FOR-2008-10-13 (Forecasting)
- NEP-MAC-2008-10-13 (Macroeconomics)
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