Which Model to Forecast the Target Rate?
40 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2011 Last revised: 16 Dec 2017
Date Written: December 1, 2017
Specifications of the Federal Reserve target rate that have more realistic features mitigate in-sample over-fitting and are favored in the data. Imposing a positivity constraint and discrete increments significantly increase the accuracy of model out-of-sample forecasts for the level and volatility of the Federal Reserve target rates. In addition, imposing the constraints produces different estimates of the response coefficients. In particular, a new and simple specification where the target rate is the maximum between zero and the prediction of an ordered-choice Probit model is more accurate and has higher response coefficients to information about inflation and unemployment.
Keywords: Monetary policy, Zero Lower Bound, Non-linear dynamics
JEL Classification: C13, C32, E43, E44, G12
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