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A Nine Variable Probabilistic Macroeconomic Forecasting Model

  • Christopher A. Sims

A model for U.S. macroeconomic time series that has been used for forecasting for several years is described in some detail. The model is a multivariate Bayesian autoregression, with allowance for conditional heteroskedasticity, stochastic time-variation in parameters, and non-normality of disturbances. It specifies the prior distribution in ways that improve on previous Bayesian vector autoregression specifications in realism and forecasting performance. The model's record of forecasting in recent years is displayed and discussed.

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Paper provided by Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University in its series Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers with number 1034.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: Oct 1992
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Publication status: Published in James H. Stock and Mark W. Watson (eds.), Business Cycles, Indicators, and Forecasting, NBER, 1993, pp. 179-214
Handle: RePEc:cwl:cwldpp:1034
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  1. Ben S. Bernanke, 1986. "Alternative Explanations of the Money-Income Correlation," NBER Working Papers 1842, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Sims, Christopher A., 1992. "Interpreting the macroeconomic time series facts : The effects of monetary policy," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 36(5), pages 975-1000, June.
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