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When can we forecast inflation?

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  • Jonas D. M. Fisher
  • Chin Te Liu
  • Ruilin Zhou

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This article reassesses recent work that has challenged the usefulness of inflation forecasts. The authors find that inflation forecasts were informative in 1977-84 and 1993-2000, but less informative in 1985-92. They also find that standard forecasting models, while generally poor at forecasting the magnitude of inflation, are good at forecasting the direction of change of inflation.

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  • Jonas D. M. Fisher & Chin Te Liu & Ruilin Zhou, 2002. "When can we forecast inflation?," Economic Perspectives, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, vol. 26(Q I), pages 32-44.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedhep:y:2002:i:qi:p:32-44:n:v.26no.1
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