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Forecasting Euro-Area Macroeconomic Variables Using a Factor Model Approach for Backdating

  • Ralf Brüggemann

    (University of Konstanz, Department Economics, Germany)

  • Jing Zeng

    ()

    (University of Konstanz, Department Economics, Germany)

We suggest to use a factor model based backdating procedure to construct historical Euro-area macroeconomic time series data for the pre-Euro period. We argue that this is a useful alternative to standard contemporaneous aggregation methods. The paper investigates for a number of Euro-area variables whether forecasts based on the factor-backdated data are more precise than those obtained with standard area-wide data. A recursive pseudo-out-of-sample forecasting experiment using quarterly data is conducted. Our results suggest that some key variables (e.g. real GDP, inflation and long-term interest rate) can indeed be forecasted more precisely with the factor-backdated data.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 02 Aug 2012
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Handle: RePEc:knz:dpteco:1215
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