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Measuring The Slowly Evolving Trend In Us Inflation With Professional Forecasts

James Nason and Gregor Smith

No 1316, Working Paper from Economics Department, Queen's University

Abstract: Much research studies US inflation history with a trend-cycle model with unobserved components. A key feature of this model is that the trend may be viewed as the Fed's evolving inflation target or long-horizon expected inflation. We provide a new way to measure the slowly evolving trend and the cycle (orinflation gap), based on forecasts from the Survey of Professional Forecasters. These forecasts may be treated either as rational expectations or as adjusting to those with sticky information. We find considerable evidence of inflation-gappersistence and some evidence of implicit sticky information. Butstatistical tests show we cannot reconcile these two widely usedperspectives on US inflation and professional forecasts, theunobserved-components model and the sticky-information model.

Keywords: US inflation; professional forecasts; sticky information; Beveridge-Nelson (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E31 E37 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 43 pages
Date: 2013-10
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cba, nep-for, nep-mac and nep-mon
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