Forecasting Industrial Production and the Early Detection of Turning POints
In this paper we propose a simple model to forecast industrial production in Italy. We show that the forecasts produced using the model outperform some popular forecasts as well as those stemming from a trading days- and outlierrobust ARIMA model used as a benchmark. We show that the use of appropriately selected leading variables allows to produce up to twelve-step ahead reliable forecasts. We show how and why the use of these forecasts can improve the estimation of a cyclical indicator and the early detection of turning points for the manufacturing sector. This is of paramount importance for shortterm economic analysis.
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