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Forecasting Real Us House Price: Principal Components Versus Bayesian Regressions


  • Rangan Gupta

    () (Department of Economics, University of Pretoria)

  • Alain Kabundi

    () (Department of Economics and Econometrics, University of Johannesburg)


This paper analyzes the ability of principal component regressions and Bayesian regression methods under Gaussian and double-exponential prior in forecasting the real house price of the United States (US), based on a monthly dataset of 112 macroeconomic variables. Using an in-sample period of 1992:01 to 2000:12, Bayesian regressions are used to forecast real US house prices at the twelve-months-ahead forecast horizon over the out-of-sample period of 2001:01 to 2004:10. In terms of the Mean Square Forecast Errors (MSFEs), our results indicate that a principal component regression with only one factor is best-suited for forecasting the real US house price. Amongst the Bayesian models, the regression based on the double exponential prior outperforms the model with Gaussian assumptions.

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  • Rangan Gupta & Alain Kabundi, 2009. "Forecasting Real Us House Price: Principal Components Versus Bayesian Regressions," Working Papers 200907, University of Pretoria, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:pre:wpaper:200907

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    1. Goodness C. Aye & Rangan Gupta, 2013. "Forecasting Real House Price of the U.S.: An Analysis Covering 1890 to 2012," Working Papers 201362, University of Pretoria, Department of Economics.
    2. Gupta, Rangan & Kabundi, Alain & Miller, Stephen M., 2011. "Forecasting the US real house price index: Structural and non-structural models with and without fundamentals," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 28(4), pages 2013-2021, July.

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    Bayesian Regressions; Principal Components; Large-Cross Sections;

    JEL classification:

    • C11 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Bayesian Analysis: General
    • C13 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Estimation: General
    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • C53 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Forecasting and Prediction Models; Simulation Methods

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