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Macroeconomic forecasting and structural changes in steady states

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  • Dimitrios P. Louzis

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This article proposes methods for estimating a Bayesian vector autoregression (VAR) model with an informative steady state prior which also accounts for possible structural changes in the long-term trend of the macroeconomic variables. I show that, overall, the proposed time-varying steady state VAR model can lead to superior point and density macroeconomic forecasting compared to constant steady state VAR specifications.

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  • Dimitrios P. Louzis, 2016. "Macroeconomic forecasting and structural changes in steady states," Working Papers 204, Bank of Greece.
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    Keywords

    Steady states; time-varying parameters; macroeconomic forecasting;

    JEL classification:

    • C32 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes; State Space Models

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