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Forecasting Inflation in Argentina

Lorena Garegnani () and Mauricio Gómez Aguirre ()
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Lorena Garegnani: Central Bank of Argentina
Mauricio Gómez Aguirre: Central Bank of Argentina

No 201879, BCRA Working Paper Series from Central Bank of Argentina, Economic Research Department

Abstract: During the year 2016, the Central Bank of Argentina has begun to announce inflation targets. In this context, providing the authorities of good estimates of relevant macroeconomic variables turns out to be crucial to make the pertinent corrections to reach the desired policy goals. This paper develops a group of models to forecast inflation for Argentina, which includes autoregressive models, and different scale Bayesian VARs (BVAR), and compares their relative accuracy. The results show that the BVAR model can improve the forecast ability of the univariate autoregressive benchmark’s model of inflation. The Giacomini-White test indicates that a BVAR performs better than the benchmark in all forecast horizons. Statistical differences between the two BVAR model specifications (small and large-scale) are not found. However, looking at the RMSEs, one can see that the larger model seems to perform better for larger forecast horizons.

Keywords: Bayesian vector autoregression; forecasting; prior specification; marginal likelihood; small-scale and large-scale models (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C11 C13 C33 C53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 23 pages
Date: 2018-05
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