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Nowcasting Norway

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  • Matteo Luciani
  • Lorenzo Ricci

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We produce predictions of the previous, the current, and the next quarter of NorwegianGDP. To this end, we estimate a Bayesian Dynamic Factor model on a panel of 14variables (all followed closely by market operators) ranging from 1990 to 2011. By meansof a real time forecasting exercise we show that the Bayesian Dynamic Factor Model outperformsa standard benchmark model, while it performs equally well than the BloombergSurvey. Additionally, we use our model to produce annual GDP growth rate nowcast. Weshow that our annual nowcast outperform the Norges Bank’s projections of current yearGDP.

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  • Matteo Luciani & Lorenzo Ricci, 2013. "Nowcasting Norway," Working Papers ECARES ECARES 2013-10, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
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    Keywords

    real-time forecasting; bayesian factor model; nowcasting;

    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
    • C53 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Forecasting and Prediction Models; Simulation Methods
    • E37 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Forecasting and Simulation: Models and Applications

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