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Real-time forecasting with a mixed-frequency VAR

  • Frank Schorfheide
  • Dongho Song

This paper develops a vector autoregression (VAR) for macroeconomic time series which are observed at mixed frequencies – quarterly and monthly. The mixed-frequency VAR is cast in state-space form and estimated with Bayesian methods under a Minnesota-style prior. Using a real-time data set, we generate and evaluate forecasts from the mixed-frequency VAR and compare them to forecasts from a VAR that is estimated based on data time-aggregated to quarterly frequency. We document how information that becomes available within the quarter improves the forecasts in real time.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis in its series Working Papers with number 701.

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Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedmwp:701
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