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A core inflation indicator for the Euro area

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  • Riccardo Cristadoro
  • Mario Forni
  • Lucrezia Reichlin
  • Giovanni Veronese

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This paper proposes a new core inflation indicator for the euro area, obtained by "cleaning" monthly price changes from short-run volatility, idiosyncratic, and measurement errors. We use a factor model to "project" monthly inflation on a large panel of time series. Exploiting multivariate information we obtain a satisfactory degree of smoothing without using backward looking moving averages, which induce a time delay in the signal. The indicator forecasts inflation and is a useful tool for policy makers. It outperforms other commonly used predictors at 6 months and longer horizons. It tracks past policy interventions of the ECB.
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  • Riccardo Cristadoro & Mario Forni & Lucrezia Reichlin & Giovanni Veronese, 2005. "A core inflation indicator for the Euro area," ULB Institutional Repository 2013/10131, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  • Handle: RePEc:ulb:ulbeco:2013/10131
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