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Modern Forecasting Models in Action: Improving Macroeconomic Analyses at Central Banks

Malin Adolfson (), Michael K. Andersson (), Jesper Lindé, Mattias Villani and Anders Vredin ()
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Michael K. Andersson: Monetary Policy Department, Central Bank of Sweden, Postal: Sveriges Riksbank, SE-103 37 Stockholm, Sweden

No 188, Working Paper Series from Sveriges Riksbank (Central Bank of Sweden)

Abstract: There are many indications that formal methods are not used to their full potential by central banks today. In this paper we demonstrate how BVAR and DSGE models can be used to shed light on questions that policy makers deal with in practice using data from Sweden. We compare the forecast performance of BVAR and DSGE models with the Riksbank's official, more subjective forecasts, both in terms of the actual forecasts and root mean square errors. We also discuss how to combine model- and judgment based forecasts, and show that the combined forecast performs well out-of-sample. In addition, we show the advantages of structural analysis and use the models for interpreting the recent development of the inflation rate using historical decompositions. Lastly, we discuss the monetary transmission mechanism in the formal models, using impulse response functions and conditional forecasts.

Keywords: Bayesian inference; Combined forecasts; DSGE models; Forecasting; Monetary policy; Subjective forecasting; Vector autoregressions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E37 E47 E52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 36 pages
Date: 2005-09-01, Revised 2006-06-01
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cba, nep-ecm, nep-ets, nep-for, nep-mac and nep-mon
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