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Distilling the Macroeconomic News Flow

  • Alessandro Beber
  • Michael W. Brandt
  • Maurizio Luisi

We propose a simple cross-sectional technique to extract daily factors from economic news released at different times and frequencies. Our approach can effectively handle the large number of different announcements that are relevant for tracking current economic conditions. We apply the technique to extract real-time measures of inflation, output, employment, and macroeconomic sentiment, as well as corresponding measures of disagreement among economists about these indices. We find that our procedure provides more timely and accurate forecasts of future changes in economic conditions than other real-time forecasting approaches.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 19650.

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Date of creation: Nov 2013
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Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:19650
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