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Bridging the information gap: small-scale nowcasting models of GDP growth for selected CESEE countries

Martin Feldkircher, Florian Huber, Josef Schreiner (), Marcel Tirpák (), Peter Tóth () and Julia Wörz ()
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Josef Schreiner: Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Economic Analysis Division
Marcel Tirpák: European Central Bank, Convergence and Competitiveness Division
Julia Wörz: Foreign Research Division, Oesterreichische Nationalbank,

Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Julia Maria Woerz ()

Focus on European Economic Integration, 2015, issue 2, 56-75

Abstract: In this article, we describe short-term forecasting models of economic activity for seven countries in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe (CESEE) and compare their forecasting performance since the outbreak of the Great Recession. To build these models, we use four variants of bridge equations and a dynamic factor model for each country. Given the differences in availability of monthly indicators across countries and the rather short time period over which these indicators are available, we favor small-scale forecasting models. We selected monthly indicators on the basis of expert judgment, correlation analysis and Bayesian model averaging techniques. While our models generally outperform a purely time series-based forecast for all CESEE countries, there is no single technique that consistently produces the best out-of-sample forecast. To maximize forecasting accuracy, we therefore recommend selecting a country-specific modeling approach for every CESEE economy on the basis of out-of-sample forecasting performance.

Keywords: nowcasting; bridge equations; dynamic factor models; Bayesian model averaging; Central; Eastern and Southeastern Europe (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C52 C53 E37 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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