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Predicting the signs of forecast errors

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  • Nazaria Solferino

    (University of Rome 'Tor Vergata', Rome, Italy)

  • Robert Waldmann

    (University of Rome 'Tor Vergata', Rome, Italy)

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The signs of forecast errors can be predicted using the difference between individuals' forecasts and the average of earlier forecasts of the same variable. It is possible to improve forecasts without worsening any. It is difficult to reconcile this result with the rational expectations hypothesis because the average of earlier forecasts is in the information set of the forecasters. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Nazaria Solferino & Robert Waldmann, 2010. "Predicting the signs of forecast errors," Journal of Forecasting, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 29(5), pages 476-485.
  • Handle: RePEc:jof:jforec:v:29:y:2010:i:5:p:476-485
    DOI: 10.1002/for.1139
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    1. Bergmeir, Christoph & Costantini, Mauro & Benítez, José M., 2014. "On the usefulness of cross-validation for directional forecast evaluation," Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 76(C), pages 132-143.

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    JEL classification:

    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • E47 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Forecasting and Simulation: Models and Applications

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