Does Disagreement Amongst Forecasters Have Predictive Value?
In the present study we examine the predictive power of disagreement amongst forecasters. In our empirical work, we find that in some situations this variable can signal upcoming structural and temporal changes in an economic process and in the predictive power of the survey forecasts. We examine a variety of macroeconomic variables, and we use different measurements for the degree of disagreement, together with measures for location of the survey data and autoregressive components. Forecasts from simple linear models and forecasts from Markov regime-switching models with constant and with time-varying transition probabilities are constructed in real time and compared on forecast accuracy.
|Keywords||Expert forecasts, Markov regime-switching models, Model forecasts, Survey forecasts, Timeseries|
|Persistent URL||dx.doi.org/10.1002/for.2330, hdl.handle.net/1765/78347|
|Series||Econometric Institute Reprint Series|
|Journal||Journal of Forecasting|
Legerstee, R, & Franses, Ph.H.B.F. (2015). Does Disagreement Amongst Forecasters Have Predictive Value?. Journal of Forecasting, 34(2), 290–302. doi:10.1002/for.2330