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The role of economic policy uncertainty in predicting U.S. recessions: A mixed-frequency Markov-switching vector autoregressive approach

Mehmet Balcilar, Rangan Gupta and Mawuli Segnon

Economics - The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal (2007-2020), 2016, vol. 10, No 2016-27, 20 pages

Abstract: This paper analyzes the performance of the monthly economic policy uncertainty (EPU) index in predicting recessionary regimes of the (quarterly) U.S. GDP. In this regard, the authors apply a mixed-frequency Markov-switching vector autoregressive (MF-MS-VAR) model, and compare its in-sample and out-of-sample forecasting performances to those of a Markov-switching vector autoregressive model (MS-VAR, where the EPU is averaged over the months to produce quarterly values) and a Markov-switching autoregressive (MS-AR) model. Their results show that the MF-MS-VAR fits the different recession regimes, and provides out-of-sample forecasts of recession probabilities which are more accurate than those derived from the MS-VAR and MS-AR models. The results highlight the importance of using high-frequency values of the EPU, and not averaging them to obtain quarterly values, when forecasting recessionary regimes for the U.S. economy.

Keywords: Business cycles; economic policy uncertainty; mixed frequency; Markovswitching VAR models (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C32 E32 E37 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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