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Forecasting regional GDP with factor models: How useful are national and international data?

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  • Kopoin, Alexandre
  • Moran, Kevin
  • Paré, Jean-Pierre

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We assess the contribution of national (country-wide) and international data to the task of forecasting the real GDP of Canadian provinces. Using the targeting predictors approach of Bai and Ng (2008) [Bai, J., Ng, S., 2008. Forecasting economic time series using targeted predictors. Journal of Econometrics 146, 304–317], we find that larger datasets containing regional, national and international data help improve forecasting accuracy for horizons below the one-year-ahead mark, but that beyond that horizon, relying on provincial data alone produces the best forecasts. These results suggest that shocks originating at the national and international levels are transmitted to Canadian regions and reflected in regional timeseries fairly rapidly.

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  • Kopoin, Alexandre & Moran, Kevin & Paré, Jean-Pierre, 2013. "Forecasting regional GDP with factor models: How useful are national and international data?," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 121(2), pages 267-270.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:121:y:2013:i:2:p:267-270
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2013.08.007
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    Dynamic factor models; Targeted predictors; Regional forecasts;
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    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • C53 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Forecasting and Prediction Models; Simulation Methods
    • C83 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Survey Methods; Sampling Methods

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