Real-Time Forecasting With a Mixed-Frequency VAR
Frank Schorfheide () and
Dongho Song ()
Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, 2015, vol. 33, issue 3, 366-380
This article develops a vector autoregression (VAR) for time series which are observed at mixed frequencies--quarterly and monthly. The model is cast in state-space form and estimated with Bayesian methods under a Minnesota-style prior. We show how to evaluate the marginal data density to implement a data-driven hyperparameter selection. Using a real-time dataset, we evaluate forecasts from the mixed-frequency VAR and compare them to standard quarterly frequency VAR and to forecasts from MIDAS regressions. We document the extent to which information that becomes available within the quarter improves the forecasts in real time. This article has online supplementary materials.
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