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Evaluating macroeconomic risk forecasts

Malte Knüppel and Guido Schultefrankenfeld

No 2011,14, Discussion Paper Series 1: Economic Studies from Deutsche Bundesbank

Abstract: Macroeconomic risk assessments play an important role in the forecasts of many institutions. A risk forecast is related to the potential asymmetry of the forecast density. In this work, we investigate how the optimality of such risk forecasts can be tested. We find that the Pearson mode skewness outperforms the standard third-moment-based skewness as a measure of asymmetry. We consider problems of the tests likely to be encountered in practice and try to offer remedies where possible. In general, tests for macroeconomic risk forecast optimality tend to have at best moderate power given the empirically available small sample sizes.

Keywords: forecast evaluation; asymmetric densities; skewness (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C12 C53 E37 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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