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Nowcasting the French index of industrial production: A comparison from bridge and factor models

Brunhes-Lesage, Véronique and Olivier Darné

Economic Modelling, 2012, vol. 29, issue 6, 2174-2182

Abstract: Governments and central banks need to have an accurate and timely assessment of indicators for the current month, as this is essential for providing a reliable and early analysis of the current economic situation. The index of industrial production (IIP) is probably the most important and widely analyzed monthly indicator, given the relevance of the manufacturing activity as a driver of the whole business cycle. This paper presents a series of models conceived to forecast the current French monthly IIP, based on regression models and dynamic factor models. The combination of these two approaches allows selecting economically relevant explanatory variables among a large data set. In addition, a rolling forecast study is carried out to assess the forecasting performance of the estimated models, using predictive ability and model confidence set tests. This latter allows getting several models displaying equivalent forecasting performance and therefore gives robustness to the forecasting exercise rather than to base the forecasting analysis only on one model.

Keywords: Index of industrial production; Nowcasting; ARDL models; Factor models (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C52 C53 E01 E37 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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