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Forecasting an Aggregate in the Presence of Structural Breaks in the Disaggregates

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    (Federal Housing Finance Agency)

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There is a debate in the literature on the best method to forecast an aggregate: (1) forecast the aggregate directly, (2) forecast the disaggregates and then aggregate, or (3) forecast the aggregate using disaggregate information. This paper contributes to this debate by suggesting that in the presence of moderate-sized structural breaks in the disaggregates, approach (2) is preferred because of the low power to detect mean shifts in the disaggregates using models of aggregates. In support of this approach are two exercises. First, a simple Monte Carlo study demonstrates theoretical forecasting improvements. Second, empirical evidence is given using pseudo-ex ante forecasts of aggregate proven oil reserves in the United States.

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  • William Larson, 2015. "Forecasting an Aggregate in the Presence of Structural Breaks in the Disaggregates," Working Papers 2015-002, The George Washington University, Department of Economics, H. O. Stekler Research Program on Forecasting.
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    1. William D. Larson & Tara M. Sinclair, 2020. "Nowcasting Unemployment Insurance Claims in the Time of COVID-19," FHFA Staff Working Papers 20-02, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

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    Model selection; Intercept correction; Forecast robustification;
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    • C52 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection
    • C53 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Forecasting and Prediction Models; Simulation Methods
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation

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