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A Companion to Economic Forecasting

Michael P. Clements (Editor), David F. Hendry (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-17191-5 April 2008 Wiley-Blackwell 616 Pages



A Companion to Economic Forecasting provides an accessible and comprehensive account of recent developments in economic forecasting. Each of the chapters has been specially written by an expert in the field, bringing together in a single volume a range of contrasting approaches and views. Uniquely surveying forecasting in a single volume, the Companion provides a comprehensive account of the leading approaches and modeling strategies that are routinely employed.

List of Contributors ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

1 An Overview of Economic Forecasting 1
Michael P. Clements and David F. Hendry

2 Predictable Uncertainty in Economic Forecasting 19
Neil R. Ericsson

3 Density Forecasting: A Survey 45
Anthony S. Tay and Kenneth F. Wallis

4 Statistical Approaches to Modeling and Forecasting Time Series 69
Diego J. Pedregal and Peter C. Young

5 Forecasting with Structural Time-Series Models 105
Tommaso Proietti

6 Judgmental Forecasting 133
Dilek Önkal-Atay, Mary E. Thomson, and Andrew C. Pollock

7 Forecasting for Policy 152
Adrian R. Pagan and John Robertson

8 Forecasting Cointegrated VARMA Processes 179
Helmut Lütkepohl

9 Multi-Step Forecasting 206
R.J. Bhansali

10 The Rationality and Efficiency of Individuals’ Forecasts 222
Herman O. Stekler

11 Decision-Based Methods for Forecast Evaluation 241
M. Hashem Pesaran and Spyros Skouras

12 Forecast Combination and Encompassing 268
Paul Newbold and David I. Harvey

13 Testing Forecast Accuracy 284
Roberto S. Mariano

14 Inference About Predictive Ability 299
Michael W. McCracken and Kenneth D. West

15 Forecasting Competitions: Their Role in Improving Forecasting Practice and Research 322
Robert Fildes and Keith Ord

16 Empirical Comparisons of Inflation Models’ Forecast Accuracy 354
Øyvind Eitrheim, Tore Anders Husebø, and Ragnar Nymoen

17 The Forecasting Performance of the OECD Composite Leading Indicators for France, Germany, Italy, and the U.K. 386
Gonzalo Camba-Mendez, George Kapetanios, Martin R. Weale, and Richard J. Smith

18 Unit-Root Versus Deterministic Representations of Seasonality for Forecasting 409
Denise R. Osborn

19 Forecasting with Periodic Autoregressive Time-Series Models 432
Philip Hans Franses and Richard Paap

20 Nonlinear Models and Forecasting 453
Ruey S. Tsay

21 Forecasting with Smooth Transition Autoregressive Models 485
Stefan Lundbergh and Timo Teräsvirta

22 Forecasting Financial Variables 510
Terence C. Mills

23 Explaining Forecast Failure in Macroeconomics 539
Michael P. Clements and David F. Hendry

Author Index 572

Subject Index 583

"A Companion to Economic Forecasting offers an insightful and authoritative overview of the diverse issues, methods, and applications falling under the broad umbrella of economic and financial forecasting. It belongs on every practitioner's bookshelf, and on every student's reading list." Francis X. Diebold, University of Pennsylvania <!--end-->

"Economic forecasting methods, models, applications, evaluation, and diagnostics, all in one encompassing volume by leaders in the field. This collection of lucid chapters defines where economic forecasting is today. An invaluable addition to the library of anyone working with economic data." Charles Nelson, University of Washington

  • Compares and contrasts the leading approaches and modeling strategies
  • Presents a unique survey of forecasting in a single volume
  • Incorporates the latest technological advances
  • Places contributions to the field in context and illustrates their commonalities