Forecast Pooling for European Macroeconomic Variables
We compare alternative forecast pooling methods and 58 forecasts from linear, time-varying and non-linear models, using a very large dataset of about 500 macroeconomic variables for the countries in the European Monetary Union. On average, combination methods work well but single non-linear models can outperform them for several series. The performance of pooled forecasts, and of non-linear models, improves when focusing on a subset of unstable series, but the gains are minor. Finally, on average over the EMU countries, the pooled forecasts behave well for industrial production growth, unemployment and inflation, but they are often beaten by non-linear models for each country and variable. Copyright 2004 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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Volume (Year): 66 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
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