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Energy Consumption, Survey Data and the Prediction of Industrial Production in Italy


  • Marchetti, D.J.
  • Parigi, G.


We investigate the prediction of Italian industrial production. We first specify a model based on electricity consumption; we show that the cubic trend in such a model mostly captures the evolution over time of the electricity coefficient, which can be well approximated by a smooth transition model a la Terasvirta, with no gains in predictive power, though. We also analyze the performance of models based on data of different business surveys.

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  • Marchetti, D.J. & Parigi, G., 1998. "Energy Consumption, Survey Data and the Prediction of Industrial Production in Italy," Papers 342, Banca Italia - Servizio di Studi.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:banita:342

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    1. Francesca Monti, 2008. "Forecast with judgment and models," Working Paper Research 153, National Bank of Belgium.

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    JEL classification:

    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • L9 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities


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