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Determining Time-Varying Drivers of Spot Oil Price in a Dynamic Model Averaging Framework

Krzysztof Drachal ()
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Krzysztof Drachal: Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw, 00-241 Warsaw, Poland

Energies, 2018, vol. 11, issue 5, 1-24

Abstract: This article presents results from modelling spot oil prices by Dynamic Model Averaging (DMA). First, based on a literature review and availability of data, the following oil price drivers have been selected: stock prices indices, stock prices volatility index, exchange rates, global economic activity, interest rates, supply and demand indicators and inventories level. Next, they have been included as explanatory variables in various DMA models with different initial parameters. Monthly data between January 1986 and December 2015 has been analyzed. Several variations of DMA models have been constructed, because DMA requires the initial setting of certain parameters. Interestingly, DMA has occurred to be robust to setting different values to these parameters. It has also occurred that the quality of prediction is the highest for the model with the drivers solely connected with the stock markets behavior. Drivers connected with macroeconomic fundamental indicators have not been found so important. This observation can serve as an argument favoring the hypothesis of the increasing financialization of the oil market, at least in the short-term period. The predictions from other, slightly different modelling variations based on DMA methodology, have happened to be consistent with each other in general. Many constructed models have outperformed alternative forecasting methods. It has also been found that normalization of the initial data, although not necessary for DMA from the theoretical point of view, significantly improves the quality of prediction.

Keywords: Bayesian forecasting; dynamic model averaging; DMA; forecasting oil price; oil price; predicting oil price; spot oil price; time-varying parameters (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q4 Q40 Q41 Q42 Q43 Q47 Q48 Q49 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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