Forecast Errors and Uncertainty Shocks

Author/Editor:

Pratiti Chatterjee ; Sylwia Nowak

Publication Date:

November 17, 2016

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Macroeconomic forecasts are persistently too optimistic. This paper finds that common factors related to general uncertainty about U.S. macrofinancial prospects and global demand drive this overoptimism. These common factors matter most for advanced economies and G- 20 countries. The results suggest that an increase in uncertainty-driven overoptimism has dampening effects on next-year real GDP growth rates. This implies that incorporating the common structure governing forecast errors across countries can help improve subsequent forecasts.

Series:

Working Paper No. 16/228

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

November 17, 2016

ISBN/ISSN:

9781475555523/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2016228

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

15

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