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Forecasting business and consumer surveys indicators-a time-series models competition

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Abstract:

The objective of this article is to compare different time-series methods for the short-run forecasting of Business and Consumer Survey Indicators. We consider all available data taken from the Business and Consumer Survey Indicators for the Euro area between 1985 and 2002. The main results of the forecast competition are offered not only for raw data but we also consider the effects of seasonality and removing outliers on forecast accuracy. In most cases, the univariate autoregressions were not outperformed by the other methods. As for the effect of seasonal adjustment methods and the use of data from which outliers have been removed, we obtain that the use of raw data has little effect on forecast accuracy. The forecasting performance of qualitative indicators is important since enlarging the observed time series of these indicators with forecast intervals may help in interpreting and assessing the implications of the current situation and can be used as an input in quantitative forecast models.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036840600690272

Affiliations: Universitat de Barcelona, Avda, Diagonal 690-08034 Barcelona, Spain

Publication date: November 1, 2007

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