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Using Large Data Sets to Forecast Housing Prices: A Case Study of Twenty US States

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  • Rangan Gupta

    (University of Pretoria)

  • Alain Kabundi

    (University of Johannesburg)

  • Stephen M. Miller

    (University of Connecticut and University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Abstract

We implement several Bayesian and classical models to forecast housing prices in 20 US states. In addition to standard vector-autoregressive (VAR) and Bayesian vector autoregressive (BVAR) models, we also include the information content of 308 additional quarterly series in some models. Several approaches exist for incorporating information from a large number of series. We consider two approaches -- extracting common factors (principle components) in a Factor-Augmented Vector Autoregressive (FAVAR) or Factor-Augmented Bayesian Vector Autoregressive (FABVAR) models or Bayesian shrinkage in a large-scale Bayesian Vector Autoregressive (LBVAR) models. In addition, we also introduce spatial or causality priors to augment the forecasting models. Using the period of 1976:Q1 to 1994:Q4 as the in-sample period and 1995:Q1 to 2003:Q4 as the out-of-sample horizon, we compare the forecast performance of the alternative models. Based on the average root mean squared error (RMSE) for the one-, two-, three-, and four--quarters-ahead forecasts, we find that one of the factor-augmented models generally outperform the large-scale models in the 20 US states examined in this paper.

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Paper provided by University of Connecticut, Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 2009-13.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 2009
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Housing Research, 20(2) 2011
Handle: RePEc:uct:uconnp:2009-13

Note: We acknowledge the assistance of D. Liu and D. W. Jansen, who provided the data on the 308 macroeconomic indicators, as well as for clarifying all the data related issues.
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Keywords: Housing prices; Forecasting; Factor Augmented Models; Large-Scale BVAR models;

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Cited by:
  1. Sarah Drought & Chris McDonald, 2011. "Forecasting house price inflation: a model combination approach," Reserve Bank of New Zealand Discussion Paper Series DP2011/07, Reserve Bank of New Zealand.
  2. Gupta, Rangan & Kabundi, Alain & Miller, Stephen M., 2011. "Forecasting the US real house price index: Structural and non-structural models with and without fundamentals," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 28(4), pages 2013-2021, July.
  3. Rangan Gupta, 2012. "Forecasting House Prices for the Four Census Regions and the Aggregate US Economy: The Role of a Data-Rich Environment," Working Papers 201214, University of Pretoria, Department of Economics.

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