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Forecasting GDP over the business cycle in a multi-frequency and data-rich environment

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  • Bessec, M.
  • Bouabdallah, O.

This paper merges two specifications developed recently in the forecasting literature: the MS-MIDAS model introduced by Guérin and Marcellino (2011) and the MIDAS-factor model considered in Marcellino and Schumacher (2010). The MS-factor MIDAS model (MS-FaMIDAS) that we introduce incorporates the information provided by a large data-set, takes into account mixed frequency variables and captures regime-switching behaviors. Monte Carlo simulations show that this new specification tracks the dynamics of the process quite well and predicts the regime switches successfully, both in sample and out-of-sample. We apply this new model to US data from 1959 to 2010 and detect properly the US recessions by exploiting the link between GDP growth and higher frequency financial variables.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 2012
Handle: RePEc:bfr:banfra:384
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