Leading Indicators of Growth and Inflation in Turkey

Author/Editor:

Daniel Leigh ; Marco Rossi

Publication Date:

December 1, 2002

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Growth and inflation in Turkey have been volatile over the last two decades. It would, therefore, be useful to identify indicators that anticipate economic conditions and inflation. This paper investigates the predictive performance of economic indicators for inflation and real output growth in Turkey. We find that (i) the forecasting ability of individual indicators is unstable; but that (ii) a suitable combination of these unstable forecasts yields a forecast that reliably outperforms that generated by an autoregressive model. We then propose a two-stage combination forecast obtained by taking the median of the top five performing individual forecasts. This two-stage forecast reliably improves on autoregressive benchmarks and outperforms the combination forecast based on all the individual forecasts.

Series:

Working Paper No. 02/231

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

December 1, 2002

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451875546/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2312002

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

26

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