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A State Space Approach to Extracting the Signal from Uncertain Data

  • Alastair Cunningham

    (Bank of England)

  • Jana Eklund

    (Bank of England)

  • Chris Jeffery

    (Bank of England)

  • George Kapetanios

    ()

    (Queen Mary, University of London and Bank of England)

  • Vincent Labhard

    (European Central Bank)

Most macroeconomic data are uncertain - they are estimates rather than perfect measures of underlying economic variables. One symptom of that uncertainty is the propensity of statistical agencies to revise their estimates in the light of new information or methodological advances. This paper sets out an approach for extracting the signal from uncertain data. It describes a two-step estimation procedure in which the history of past revisions are first used to estimate the parameters of a measurement equation describing the official published estimates. These parameters are then imposed in a maximum likelihood estimation of a state space model for the macroeconomic variable.

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Paper provided by Queen Mary University of London, School of Economics and Finance in its series Working Papers with number 637.

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