Are 'unbiased' forecasts really unbiased? Another look at the Fed forecasts
AbstractThis paper reconciles contradictory findings obtained from forecast evaluations: the existence of systematic errors and the failure to reject rationality in the presence of such errors. Systematic errors in one economic state may offset the opposite types of errors in the other state such that the null of rationality is not rejected. A modified test applied to the Fed forecasts shows that the forecasts were ex post biased.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by The George Washington University, Department of Economics, Research Program on Forecasting in its series Working Papers with number 2008-010.
Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2008
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Greenbook Forecasts; forecast evaluation; systematic errors;
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