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A factor analysis for the Spanish economy

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  • Ángel Cuevas

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  • Enrique Quilis

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We present a medium-scale dynamic factor model to estimate and forecast the rate of growth of the Spanish economy in the very short term. The intermediate size of the model overcomes the serious specification problems associated with large-scale models and the implicit loss of information of small-scale models. The estimated common factor is used to forecast the gross domestic product by means of a transfer function model. Likewise, the model solves the operational and informational limits posed by the presence of an unbalanced panel of indicators and generates multivariate forecasts of the basic indicators. Copyright The Author(s) 2012

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  • Ángel Cuevas & Enrique Quilis, 2012. "A factor analysis for the Spanish economy," SERIEs: Journal of the Spanish Economic Association, Springer;Spanish Economic Association, vol. 3(3), pages 311-338, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:series:v:3:y:2012:i:3:p:311-338
    DOI: 10.1007/s13209-011-0060-9
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    Keywords

    Dynamic factor model; Short-term economic analysis; Spanish economy; Kalman filter; Transfer function; Temporal disaggregation; Forecasting; Nowcasting; C22; C53; C82; E27; E32;

    JEL classification:

    • 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
    • C82 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Macroeconomic Data; Data Access
    • E27 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Forecasting and Simulation: Models and Applications
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles

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