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The bias and efficiency of the ECB inflation projections: a State dependent analysis

Eleonora Granziera, Pirkka Jalasjoki and Maritta Paloviita

No 7/2021, Research Discussion Papers from Bank of Finland

Abstract: We test for bias and efficiency of the ECB inflation forecasts using a confidential dataset of ECB macroeconomic quarterly projections. We investigate whether the properties of the forecasts depend on the level of inflation, by distinguishing whether the inflation observed by the ECB at the time of forecasting is above or below the target. The forecasts are unbiased and efficient on average, however there is evidence of state dependence. In particular, the ECB tends to overpredict (underpredict) inflation at intermediate forecast horizons when inflation is below (above) target. The magnitude of the bias is larger when inflation is above the target. These results hold even after accounting for errors in the external assumptions. We also find evidence of inefficiency, in the form of underreaction to news, but only when inflation is above the target. Our findings bear important implications for the ECB forecasting process and ultimately for its communication strategy.

JEL-codes: C12 C22 C53 E31 E52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-04-29
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