Many macroeconomic forecasts and forecast updates like those from IMF and OECD typically involve both a model component, which is replicable, as well as intuition, which is non-replicable. Intuition is expert knowledge possessed by a forecaster. If forecast updates are progressive, forecast updates should become more accurate, on average, as the actual value is approached. Otherwise, forecast updates would be neutral. The paper proposes a methodology to test whether macroeconomic forecast updates are progressive, where the interaction between model and intuition is explicitly taken into account. The data set for the empirical analysis is for Taiwan, where we have three decades of quarterly data available of forecasts and their updates of the inflation rate and real GDP growth rate. Our empirical results suggest that the forecast updates for Taiwan are progressive, and that progress can be explained predominantly by improved intuition.

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Keywords econometric models, forecast errors, intuition, macroeconomic forecasts, progressive forecast updates
JEL Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions (jel C22), Forecasting and Other Model Applications (jel C53), Forecasting and Simulation (jel E27)
Publisher Tinbergen Institute
Persistent URL hdl.handle.net/1765/39434
Series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper Series
Journal Discussion paper / Tinbergen Institute
Citation
Chang, C-L, Franses, Ph.H.B.F, & McAleer, M.J. (2013). Are Forecast Updates Progressive? (No. TI 13-049/III). Discussion paper / Tinbergen Institute (pp. 1–25). Tinbergen Institute. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/39434