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Nowcasting Scottish GDP Growth

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  • Grant Allan
  • Gary Koop

    () (Department of Economics, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom; The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, Italy)

  • Stuart McIntyre
  • Paul Smith

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The delays in the release of macroeconomic variables such as GDP mean that policymakers do not know their current values. Thus, nowcasts, which are estimates of current values of macroeconomic variables, are becoming increasingly popular. This paper takes up the challenge of nowcasting Scottish GDP growth. Nowcasting in Scotland, currently a government office region within the United Kingdom, is complicated due to data limitations. For instance, key nowcast predictors such as industrial production are unavailable. Accordingly, we use data on some non-traditional variables and investigate whether UK aggregates can help nowcast Scottish GDP growth. Such data limitations are shared by many other sub-national regions, so we hope this paper can provide lessons for other regions interested in developing nowcasting models.

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  • Grant Allan & Gary Koop & Stuart McIntyre & Paul Smith, 2014. "Nowcasting Scottish GDP Growth," Working Paper series 41_14, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis.
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