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Forecasting with Factor Models: A Bayesian Model Averaging Perspective

  • Dimitris, Korobilis

We use Bayesian factor regression models to construct a financial conditions index (FCI) for the U.S. Within this context we develop Bayesian model averaging methods that allow the data to select which variables should be included in the FCI or not. We also examine the importance of different sources of instability in the factors, such as stochastic volatility and structural breaks. Our results indicate that ignoring structural breaks in the loadings can be quite costly in terms of the forecasting performance of the FCI. Additionally, Bayesian model averaging can improve in specific cases the performance of the FCI, by means of discarding irrelevant financial variables during the estimation of the factor.

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  1. Dimitris Korompilis, 2009. "Assessing the Transmission of Monetary Policy Shocks Using Dynamic Factor Models," Working Papers 0914, University of Strathclyde Business School, Department of Economics.
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  7. Korobilis, Dimitris, 2013. "Hierarchical shrinkage priors for dynamic regressions with many predictors," International Journal of Forecasting, Elsevier, vol. 29(1), pages 43-59.
  8. Korobilis, Dimitris, 2009. "VAR forecasting using Bayesian variable selection," MPRA Paper 21124, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  9. Esteban Gómez & Andrés Murcia & Nancy Zamundio, 2011. "Financial Conditions Index: Early and Leading Indicator for Colombia," Ensayos sobre Política Económica, Banco de la Republica de Colombia, vol. 29(66), pages 174-220, Diciembre.
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