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Macroeconomic Forecasting and Structural Change

  • D'Agostino, Antonello

    (Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland)

  • Gambetti, Luca

    (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)

  • Giannone, Domenico

    (ECARES, Université Libre de Bruxelles)

  • Giannone, Domenico

The aim of this paper is to assess whether explicitly modeling structural change increases the accuracy of macroeconomic forecasts. We produce real time out-of-sample forecasts for inflation, the unemployment rate and the interest rate using a Time-Varying Coefficients VAR with Stochastic Volatility (TV-VAR) for the US. The model generates accurate predictions for the three variables. In particular for inflation the TVVAR outperforms, in terms of mean square forecast error, all the competing models: fixed coefficients VARs, Time-Varying ARs and the na¨ýve random walk model. These results are also shown to hold over the most recent period in which it has been hard to forecast inflation.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2009
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