Patterns in IMF Growth Forecast Revisions: A Panel Study at Multiple Horizons

Author/Editor:

Metodij Hadzi-Vaskov ; Luca Antonio Ricci ; Alejandro Mariano Werner ; Rene Zamarripa

Publication Date:

May 7, 2021

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper investigates the performance of the IMF WEO growth forecast revisions across different horizons and country groups. We find that: (i) growth revisions in horizons closer to the actual are generally larger, more volatile, and more negative; (ii) on average, growth revisions are in the right direction, becoming progressively more responsive to the forecast error gap as horizons get closer to the actual year; (iii) growth revisions in systemic economies are relevant for growth revisions in all country groups; (iv) WEO and Consensus Forecast growth revisions are highly correlated; (v) fall-to-spring WEO revisions are more correlated with Consensus Forecasts revisions compared to spring-to-fall revisions; and (vi) across vintages, revisions for a given time horizon are not autocorrelated; within vintages, revisions tend to be positively correlated, suggesting perception of persistent short-term shocks.

Series:

Working Paper No. 2021/136

Subject:

Frequency:

regular

English

Publication Date:

May 7, 2021

ISBN/ISSN:

9781513573663/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2021136

Pages:

57

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