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Properties of Market-Based and Survey Macroeconomic Forecasts for Different Data Releases

Markku Lanne

Economics Bulletin, 2009, vol. 29, issue 3, 2231-2240

Abstract: We compare the accuracy of the survey forecasts and forecasts implied by economic binary options on the U.S. non-farm payroll change. For the first-release data both the market-based and survey forecasts are biased, while they are rational and approximately equally accurate for later releases. Both forecasts are also more accurate for later releases. Because of predictability in the revision process, this indicates that the investors in the economic derivatives market are incapable of taking the measurement error in the preliminary estimates efficiently into account. This suggests that economic stability could be enhanced by more accurate first-release figures.

Keywords: Macroeconomic derivatives; Data revision; Forecasting (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C5 E0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009-09-07
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