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Predicting systemic financial crises with recurrent neural networks

Eero Tölö

No 14/2019, Research Discussion Papers from Bank of Finland

Abstract: We consider predicting systemic financial crises one to five years ahead using recurrent neural networks. The prediction performance is evaluated with the Jorda-Schularick-Taylor dataset, which includes the crisis dates and relevant macroeconomic series of 17 countries over the period 1870-2016. Previous literature has found simple neural network architectures to be useful in predicting systemic financial crises. We show that such predictions can be greatly improved by making use of recurrent neural network architectures, especially suited for dealing with time series input. The results remain robust after extensive sensitivity analysis.

JEL-codes: G21 C45 C52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2019-08-27
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