EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Multicriteria Analysis of Neural Network Forecasting Models: An Application to German Regional Labour Markets

Roberto Patuelli (), Simonetta Longhi (), Aura Reggiani () and Peter Nijkamp

Experimental from EconWPA

Abstract: This paper develops a flexible multi-dimensional assessment method for the comparison of different statistical-econometric techniques based on learning mechanisms, with a view to analysing and forecasting regional labour markets. The aim of this paper is twofold. A first major objective is to explore the use of a standard choice tool, namely Multicriteria Analysis (MCA), in order to cope with the intrinsic methodological uncertainty on the choice of a suitable statistical- econometric learning technique for regional labour market analysis. MCA is applied here to support choices on the performance of various models – based on classes of Neural Network (NN) techniques – that serve to generate employment forecasts in West Germany at a regional/district level. A second objective of the paper is to analyse the methodological potential of a blend of approaches (NN-MCA) in order to extend the analysis framework to other economic research domains, where formal models are not available, but where a variety of statistical data is present. The paper offers a basis for a more balanced judgement of the performance of rival statistical tests.

Keywords: multicriteria analysis; neural networks; regional labour markets (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C9 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ecm, nep-for and nep-geo
Date: 2005-11-08
Note: Type of Document - pdf; pages: 26. Published in: Studies in Regional Science 33 (3): 205-230
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://econwpa.repec.org/eps/exp/papers/0511/0511001.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: http://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:wpa:wuwpex:0511001

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Experimental from EconWPA
Series data maintained by EconWPA ().

 
Page updated 2017-06-24
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpex:0511001