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Nowcasting Norway

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  • Matteo Luciani

    (ECARES, SBS-EM, Université libre de Bruxelles, F.R.S.-FNRS)

  • Lorenzo Ricci

    (ECARES, SBS-EM, Université libre de Bruxelles)

Abstract

We produce predictions of Norwegian GDP. To this end, we estimate a Bayesian dynamic factor model on a panel of fourteen variables (all followed closely by market operators) ranging from 1990 to 2011. By means of a pseudo real-time exercise, we show that the Bayesian dynamic factor model performs well both in terms of point forecast and in terms of density forecasts. Results indicate that our model outperforms standard univariate benchmark models, that it performs as well as the Bloomberg survey, and that it outperforms the predictions published by the Norges Bank in its Monetary Policy Report.

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  • Matteo Luciani & Lorenzo Ricci, 2014. "Nowcasting Norway," International Journal of Central Banking, International Journal of Central Banking, vol. 10(4), pages 215-248, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ijc:ijcjou:y:2014:q:4:a:7
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