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Oil Price Forecastability and Economic Uncertainty

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  • Stelios Bekiros
  • Rangan Gupta
  • Alessia Paccagnini

Information on economic policy uncertainty (EPU) does matter in predicting oil returns especially when accounting for omitted nonlinearities in the relationship between these two variables via a time-varying coe¢ cient approach. In this work, we compare the forecastability of standard, Bayesian and TVP-VAR models against the random-walk and benchmark AR models. Our results indicate that over the period 1900:1-2014:2 the time-varying VAR model with stochastic volatility outranks all alternative models.

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Paper provided by University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 298.

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Date of creation: Apr 2015
Date of revision: Apr 2015
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