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The information content of regional employment data for forecasting aggregate conditions

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  • Hernandez-Murillo, Ruben
  • Owyang, Michael T.

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We consider whether disaggregated data enhances the efficiency of aggregate employment forecasts. We find that incorporating spatial interaction into a disaggregated forecasting model lowers the out-of-sample mean-squared-error from a univariate aggregate model by 70 percent at a two-year horizon.
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  • Hernandez-Murillo, Ruben & Owyang, Michael T., 2006. "The information content of regional employment data for forecasting aggregate conditions," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 90(3), pages 335-339, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:90:y:2006:i:3:p:335-339
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    5. Buda, Rodolphe, 2008. "Estimation de l'emploi régional et sectoriel salarié français : application à l'année 2006
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