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Real-time uncertainty in budget planning: evidence from euro area countries

Maritta Paloviita () and Pasi Ikonen

Journal of Economic Policy Reform, 2018, vol. 21, issue 4, 281-300

Abstract: Using rich panel data including potential output for euro area countries, we analyse budget balance forecasts and their errors. We find that budget balance forecasts are systematically biased and subject to mean reversion (tendency towards more balanced budgets). A robust result is that errors in budget balance nowcasts contribute to errors in budget balance forecasts. In addition, we find that nowcasted macroeconomic conditions can affect over-optimism in budget balance forecasts. Overall, our results emphasize the central role of nowcasting in the EU fiscal framework.

Date: 2018
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