We analyze the behavior of experts who quote forecasts for monthly SKU-level sales data where we compare data before and after the moment that experts received different kinds of feedback on their behavior. We have data for 21 experts located in as many countries who make SKU-level forecasts for a variety of pharmaceutical products for October 2006 to September 2007. We study the behavior of the experts by comparing their forecasts with those from an automated statistical program, and we report the forecast accuracy over these 12 months. In September 2007 these experts were given feedback on their behavior and they received a training at the headquarters' office, where specific attention was given to the ins and outs of the statistical program. Next, we study the behavior of the experts for the 3 months after the training session, that is, October 2007 to December 2007. Our main conclusion is that in the second period the experts' forecasts deviated lesser from the statistical forecasts and that their accuracy improved substantially.

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Keywords cognitive process feedback, expert for, feedback, judgmental adjustment, model forecasts, outcome feedback, performance feedback, task properties feedback
JEL Forecasting and Other Model Applications (jel C53), Field Experiments (jel C93)
Publisher Tinbergen Institute
Persistent URL hdl.handle.net/1765/26506
Series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper Series
Journal Discussion paper / Tinbergen Institute
Citation
Legerstee, R, & Franses, Ph.H.B.F. (2011). Do Experts' SKU Forecasts improve after Feedback? (No. TI 2011-135/4). Discussion paper / Tinbergen Institute (pp. 1–26). Tinbergen Institute. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/26506