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Forecasting Inflation: the Relevance of Higher Moments

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  • Jane M. Binner

    (Aston University)

  • C. Thomas Elger

    (Lund University)

  • Barry E. Jones

    (SUNY Binghamton)

  • Birger Nilsson

    (Lund University)

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We provide evidence that higher moments of the relative price distribution improve out-of-sample forecasts of inflation. Further, we show how theoretically consistent higher moments can be calculated by expanding the seminal work by Theil (1967). Results presented here are of direct relevance to monetary authorities, policy analysts and academic economists

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Paper provided by Society for Computational Economics in its series Computing in Economics and Finance 2006 with number 407.

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Keywords: relative price distribution; higher moments; out-of-sample inflation forecasting;

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