P-Star in Times of Crisis – Forecasting Inflation for the Euro Area
University of Duisburg-Essen
March 12, 2012
Economic Systems, Vol. 35, No. 3, 2011
In this paper we present three empirically testable versions of the common p-star model and evaluate their forecasting performance using conventional techniques. We try to answer the question if the p-star approach is preferable to achieve a reliable short-run inflation forecast and with regard to the latter we incur the need for a stable demand for money function. Our findings indicate the recurrence of the relevance of the monetary pillar of the ECB’s two-pillar framework. In addition, we check for the effects of the current financial and economic crisis that started in 2007 on the forecasting performance, using two sub-sample periods, one excluding and one including the latter, and analyze the impact of the applied filter technique to compute the required equilibrium values.
Keywords: Euro area, Forecast, Inflation, Money demand, P-star
JEL Classification: E31, E37, E41
Date posted: March 13, 2012