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Changes in predictive ability with mixed frequency data

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When assessing the predictive power of financial variables for economic activity, researchers usually aggregate higher-frequency data before estimating a forecasting model that assumes the relationship between the financial variable and the dependent variable to be linear. This paper proposes a model called smooth transition mixed data sampling (STMIDAS) regression, which relaxes both of these assumptions. Simulation exercises indicate that the improvements in forecasting accuracy from the use of mixed data sampling are larger in nonlinear than in linear specifications. When forecasting output growth with financial variables in real time, statistically significant improvements over a linear regression are more likely to arise from forecasting with STMIDAS than with MIDAS regressions.

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  • Galvão, Ana Beatriz, 2013. "Changes in predictive ability with mixed frequency data," International Journal of Forecasting, Elsevier, vol. 29(3), pages 395-410.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:intfor:v:29:y:2013:i:3:p:395-410
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ijforecast.2012.10.006
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    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • C53 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Forecasting and Prediction Models; Simulation Methods
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