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Can Cattle Basis Forecasts Be Improved? A Bayesian Model Averaging Approach


  • Payne, Nicholas D.
  • Karali, Berna
  • Dorfman, Jeffrey H.


Basis forecasting is important for producers and consumers of agricultural commodities in their risk management decisions. However, the best performing forecasting model found in previous studies varies substantially. Given this inconsistency, we take a Bayesian approach, which addresses model uncertainty by combining forecasts from different models. Results show model performance differs by location and forecast horizon, but the forecast from the Bayesian approach often performs favorably. In some cases, however, the simple moving averages have lower forecast errors. Besides the nearby basis, we also examine basis in a specific month and find that regression-based models outperform others in longer horizons.

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  • Payne, Nicholas D. & Karali, Berna & Dorfman, Jeffrey H., 2019. "Can Cattle Basis Forecasts Be Improved? A Bayesian Model Averaging Approach," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 51(2), pages 249-266, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:jagaec:v:51:y:2019:i:02:p:249-266_00

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