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GDP nowcasting with ragged-edge data: a semi-parametric modeling

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  • Laurent Ferrara

    (Banque de France, Business Conditions and Macroeconomic Forecasting Directorate, Paris, France)

  • Dominique Guégan

    (Paris School of Economics, CES-MSE, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Banque de France, Paris, France)

  • Patrick Rakotomarolahy

    (CES-MSE, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, France)

Abstract

This paper formalizes the process of forecasting unbalanced monthly datasets in order to obtain robust nowcasts and forecasts of quarterly gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate through a semi-parametric modeling. This innovative approach lies in the use of non-parametric methods, based on nearest neighbors and on radial basis function approaches, to forecast the monthly variables involved in the parametric modeling of GDP using bridge equations. A real-time experience is carried out on euro area vintage data in order to anticipate, with an advance ranging from 6 to 1 months, the GDP flash estimate for the whole zone. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Laurent Ferrara & Dominique Guégan & Patrick Rakotomarolahy, 2010. "GDP nowcasting with ragged-edge data: a semi-parametric modeling," Journal of Forecasting, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 29(1-2), pages 186-199.
  • Handle: RePEc:jof:jforec:v:29:y:2010:i:1-2:p:186-199
    DOI: 10.1002/for.1159
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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
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles

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