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A Nowcasting Model for the Growth Rate of Real GDP of Ecuador: Implementing a Time-Varying Intercept

Manuel Gonzalez-Astudillo and Daniel Baquero

No 2018-044, Finance and Economics Discussion Series from Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (US)

Abstract: This paper proposes a model to nowcast the annual growth rate of real GDP for Ecuador. The specification combines monthly information of 28 macroeconomic variables with quarterly information of real GDP in a mixed-frequency approach. Additionally, our setup includes a time-varying mean coefficient on the annual growth rate of real GDP to allow the model to incorporate prolonged periods of low growth, such as those experienced during secular stagnation episodes. The model produces reasonably good nowcasts of real GDP growth in pseudo out-of-sample exercises and is marginally more precise than a simple ARMA model.

Keywords: Ecuador; Secular stagnation; Nowcasting model; Time-varying coefficients (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C33 C53 E37 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-07-05
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DOI: 10.17016/FEDS.2018.044

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