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A Dynamic Panel Data Approach to the Forecasting of the GDP of German Länder

  • Konstantin Arkadievich Kholodilin
  • Boriss Siliverstovs
  • Stefan Kooths

Abstract In this paper, we make multi-step forecasts of the annual growth rates of the real GDP for each of the 16 German Länder simultaneously. We apply dynamic panel models accounting for spatial dependence between regional GDP. We find that both pooling and accounting for spatial effects help to improve the forecast performance substantially. We demonstrate that the effect of accounting for spatial dependence is more pronounced for longer forecasting horizons (the forecast accuracy gain is about 9% for a 1-year horizon and exceeds 40% for a 5-year horizon). We recommend incorporating a spatial dependence structure into regional forecasting models, especially when long-term forecasts are made.

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Volume (Year): 3 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 195-207

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Handle: RePEc:taf:specan:v:3:y:2008:i:2:p:195-207
DOI: 10.1080/17421770801996656
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