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What causes the forecasting failure of Markov-Switching models? A Monte Carlo study

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  • Marie Bessec

    (EURIsCO - University Paris Dauphine)

  • Othman Bouabdallah

    (EUREQua - University Paris Panthéon Sorbonne)

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This paper explores the forecasting abilities of Markov-Switching models. Although MS models generally display a superior in-sample fit relative to linear models, the gain in prediction remains small. We confirm this result using simulated data for a wide range of specifications by applying several tests of forecast accuracy and encompassing robust to nested models. In order to explain this poor performance, we use a forecasting error decomposition. We identify four components and derive their analytical expressions in different MS specifications. The relative contribution of each source is assessed through Monte Carlo simulations. We find that the main source of error is due to the misclassification of future regimes.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Econometrics with number 0503018.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: 22 Mar 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpem:0503018

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Keywords: Forecasting; Regime Shifts; Markov-Switching.;

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  2. Brent Bundick, 2007. "Do federal funds futures need adjustment for excess returns? a state-dependent approach," Research Working Paper RWP 07-08, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
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