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Predictivistic Bayesian Forecasting System

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This paper introduces a formal method of combining expert and model density forecasts when the sample of past forecasts is unavailable. It works directly with the expert forecast density and endogenously delivers weights for forecast combination, relying on probability rules only. In the empirical part, we illustrate how our framework can be applied in forecasting US inflation by mixing density forecasts from an autoregressive model and the Survey of Professional Forecasters.

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  • Andrzej Kociecki & Marcin Kolasa & Michal Rubaszek, 2011. "Predictivistic Bayesian Forecasting System," NBP Working Papers 87, Narodowy Bank Polski, Economic Research Department.
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    Keywords

    Combining density forecasts; Forecast evaluation; Bayesian inference; Predictivism;

    JEL classification:

    • C11 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Bayesian Analysis: General
    • C53 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Forecasting and Prediction Models; Simulation Methods

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