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A monthly indicator of employment in the euro area: real time analysis of indirect estimates

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  • Moauro, Filippo

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The paper presents the results of an extensive real time analysis of alternative model-based approaches to derive a monthly indicator of employment for the euro area. In the experiment the Eurostat quarterly national accounts series of employment is temporally disaggregated using the information coming from the monthly series of unemployment. The strategy benefits of the contribution of the information set of the euro area and its 6 larger member states, as well as the split into the 6 sections of economic activity. The models under comparison include univariate regressions of the Chow and Lin' type where the euro area aggregate is directly and indirectly derived, as well as multivariate structural time series models of small and medium size. The specification in logarithms is also systematically assessed. The largest multivariate setups, up to 49 series, are estimated through the EM algorithm. Main conclusions are the following: mean revision errors of disaggregated estimates of employment are overall small; a gain is obtained when the model strategy takes into account the information by both sector and member state; the largest multivariate setups outperforms those of small size and the strategies based on classical disaggregation methods.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 27797.

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Date of creation: 30 Dec 2010
Date of revision: 30 Dec 2010
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:27797

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Keywords: temporal disaggregation methods; multivariate structural time series models; mixed-frequency models; EM algorithm; Kalman filter and smoother;

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