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Diffusion Index Model Specification and Estimation Using Mixed Frequency Datasets

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  • Kihwan Kim

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  • Norman Swanson

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In this chapter, we discuss the use of mixed frequency models and diffusion index approximation methods in the context of prediction. In particular, select recent specification and estimation methods are outlined, and an empirical illustration is provided wherein U.S. unemployment forecasts are constructed using both classical principal components based diffusion indexes as well as using a combination of diffusion indexes and factors formed using small mixed frequency datasets. Preliminary evidence that mixed frequency based forecasting models yield improvements over standard fixed frequency models is presented.

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  • Kihwan Kim & Norman Swanson, 2013. "Diffusion Index Model Specification and Estimation Using Mixed Frequency Datasets," Departmental Working Papers 201315, Rutgers University, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    forecasting; diffusion index; mixed frequency; recursive estimation; Kalman filter;

    JEL classification:

    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation

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