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Exploring Survey-Based Inflation Forecasts

  • Luis Gil-Alana

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    (Universidad de Navarra)

  • Antonio Moreno

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    (Universidad de Navarra)

  • Fernando Pérez de Gracia

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    (Universidad de Navarra)

This paper first shows that survey-based expectations (SBE) outperform standard time series models in U.S. quarterly inflation out-of-sample prediction and that the term structure of survey-based inflation forecasts has predictive power over the path of future inflation changes. It then proposes some empirical explanations for the forecasting success of survey-based inflation expectations. We show that SBE pool a large amount of heterogeneous information on inflation expectations and react more flexibly and accurately to macro conditions both contemporaneously and dynamically. We illustrate the flexibility of SBE forecasts in the context of the recent financial crisis.

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Paper provided by School of Economics and Business Administration, University of Navarra in its series Faculty Working Papers with number 05/11.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: 22 Jan 2011
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Publication status: Forthcoming on the JOURNAL OF FORECASTING
Handle: RePEc:una:unccee:wp0511
Contact details of provider: Web page: http://www.unav.es/facultad/econom

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