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Forecast Combination and Model Averaging Using Predictive Measures

Jana Eklund and Sune Karlsson ()

Econometric Reviews, 2007, vol. 26, issue 2-4, 329-363

Abstract: We extend the standard approach to Bayesian forecast combination by forming the weights for the model averaged forecast from the predictive likelihood rather than the standard marginal likelihood. The use of predictive measures of fit offers greater protection against in-sample overfitting when uninformative priors on the model parameters are used and improves forecast performance. For the predictive likelihood we argue that the forecast weights have good large and small sample properties. This is confirmed in a simulation study and in an application to forecasts of the Swedish inflation rate, where forecast combination using the predictive likelihood outperforms standard Bayesian model averaging using the marginal likelihood.

Keywords: Bayesian model averaging; Inflation rate; Partial Bayes factor; Predictive likelihood; Training sample; Uninformative priors (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007
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