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Forecasting recessions: can we do better on MARS?

  • Peter Sephton

A number of recent articles have examined the ability of financial variables to predict recessions. In this article, Peter Sephton extends the literature by considering a non-linear, nonparametric approach to predicting the probability of recession using multivariate adaptive regression splines (MARS). The results suggest that this data-intensive approach to modeling is not a panacea for recession forecasting. Although it does well explaining the data within the sample, its out-of-sample forecasts do not improve upon the benchmark probit specification.

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Volume (Year): (2001)
Issue (Month): Mar ()
Pages: 39-49

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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedlrv:y:2001:i:mar:p:39-49:n:v.83no.2
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