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Are Forecast Updates Progressive?

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  • Chia-Lin Chang

    (Department of Applied Economics, Department of Finance, National Chung Hsing University)

  • Philip Hans Franses

    (Econometric Institute, Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam)

  • Michael McAleer

    (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Tinbergen Institute, The Netherlands, and Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University)

Abstract

Many macro-economic forecasts and forecast updates, such as those from the IMF and OECD, typically involve both a model component, which is replicable, as well as intuition (namely, expert knowledge possessed by a forecaster), which is non-replicable. . Learning from previous mistakes can affect both the replicable component of a model as well as intuition. If learning, and hence forecast updates, are progressive, forecast updates should generally become more accurate as the actual value is approached. Otherwise, learning and forecast updates would be neutral. The paper proposes a methodology to test whether macro-economic forecast updates are progressive, where the interaction between model and intuition is explicitly taken into account. The data set for the empirical analysis is for Taiwan, where we have three decades of quarterly data available of forecasts and their updates of two economic fundamentals, namely the inflation rate and real GDP growth rate. The empirical results suggest that the forecast updates for Taiwan are progressive, and that progress can be explained predominantly by improved intuition.

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Paper provided by Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research in its series KIER Working Papers with number 762.

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Length: 24pages
Date of creation: Mar 2011
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Handle: RePEc:kyo:wpaper:762

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Keywords: Macro-economic forecasts; econometric models; intuition; learning; progressive forecast updates; forecast errors.;

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  1. Michael McAleer & Felix Chan & Les Oxley, 2013. "Modeling and Simulation: An Overview," Working Papers in Economics 13/18, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.

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