The Contribution of Structural Break Models to Forecasting Macroeconomic Series

35 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2011 Last revised: 10 May 2017

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Luc Bauwens

Université catholique de Louvain

Gary Koop

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow - Strathclyde Business School - Department of Economics

Dimitris Korobilis

University of Glasgow - Adam Smith Business School

J. V. K. Rombouts

HEC Montreal; Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) - Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE); Centre interuniversitaire sur le risque, les politiques économiques et l'emploi (CIRPÉE); Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis on Organization (CIRANO)

Date Written: December 10, 2013

Abstract

This paper compares the forecasting performance of different models which have been proposed for forecasting in the presence of structural breaks. These models differ in their treatment of the break process, the model which applies in each regime and the out-of-sample probability of a break occurring. In an extensive empirical evaluation involving many important macroeconomic time series, we demonstrate the presence of structural breaks and their importance for forecasting in the vast majority of cases. We find no single forecasting model consistently works best in the presence of structural breaks. In many cases, the formal modeling of the break process is important in achieving good forecast performance. However, there are also many cases where simple, rolling window based forecasts perform well.

Keywords: Forecasting, change-points, Markov switching, Bayesian inference

JEL Classification: C11, C22, C53

Suggested Citation

Bauwens, Luc and Koop, Gary and Korobilis, Dimitris and Rombouts, Jeroen, The Contribution of Structural Break Models to Forecasting Macroeconomic Series (December 10, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1913427 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1913427

Luc Bauwens

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Gary Koop

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Dimitris Korobilis (Contact Author)

University of Glasgow - Adam Smith Business School ( email )

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Jeroen Rombouts

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Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) - Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) ( email )

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Centre interuniversitaire sur le risque, les politiques économiques et l'emploi (CIRPÉE) ( email )

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