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Robust Approaches to Forecasting

  • Jennifer Castle
  • David Hendry
  • Michael P. Clements

We investigate alternative robust approaches to forecasting, using a new class of robust devices, contrasted with equilibrium correction models.� Their forecasting properties are derived facing a range of likely empirical problems at the forecast origin, including measurement errors, implulses, omitted variables, unanticipated location shifts and incorrectly included variables that experience a shift.� We derive the resulting forecast biases and error variances, and indicate when the methods are likely to perform well.� The robust methods are applied to forecasting US GDP using autoregressive models, and also to autoregressive models with factors extracted from a large dataset of macroeconomic variables.� We consider forecasting performance over the Great Recession, and over an earlier more quiescent period.

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Paper provided by University of Oxford, Department of Economics in its series Economics Series Working Papers with number 697.

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