Modeling and Forecasting Inflation in Japan

Author/Editor:

Toshitaka Sekine

Publication Date:

June 1, 2001

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper estimates an inflation function and forecasts one-year ahead inflation for Japan. It finds that (i) markup relationships, excess money and the output gap are particularly relevant long-run determinants for an equilibrium correction model (EqCM) of inflation; (ii) with intercept corrections, one-year ahead inflation forecast performance of the EqCM is good; and (iii) forecast accuracy can be improved by combining forecasts of the EqCM with those made by rival models. The EqCM obtained would serve for structural model-based inflation forecasting. It also highlights the importance of adjustment to a pure model-based forecast by utilizing information of alternative models. The methodology employed is applicable to a wider range of countries including some emerging market economies.

Series:

Working Paper No. 01/82

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

June 1, 2001

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451850444/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0822001

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

35

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