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Forecasting GDP over the business cycle in a multi-frequency and data-rich environment

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  • Marie Bessec

    (LEDa-CGEMP, Université Paris-Dauphine - Université Paris-Dauphine, PSL Research University)

  • Othman Bouabdallah

    (European Central Bank - European Central Bank)

This paper merges two specifications recently developed in the forecasting literature: the MS-MIDAS model (Guérin and Marcellino, 2013) and the factor-MIDAS model (Marcellino and Schumacher, 2010). The MS-factor MIDAS model that we introduce incorporates the information provided by a large data set consisting of mixed frequency variables and captures regime-switching behaviours. Monte Carlo simulations show that this specification tracks the dynamics of the process and predicts the regime switches successfully, both in-sample and out-of-sample. We apply this model to US data from 1959 to 2010 and properly detect recessions by exploiting the link between GDP growth and higher frequency financial variables.

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Date of creation: 2015
Publication status: Published in Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 2015, 77 (3), <10.1111/obes.12069>
Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01275760
DOI: 10.1111/obes.12069
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