Short-Term GDP Forecasting with a Mixed Frequency Dynamic Factor Model with Stochastic Volatility
61 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2013
Date Written: January 30, 2013
In this paper we develop a mixed frequency dynamic factor model featuring stochastic shifts in the volatility of both the latent common factor and the idiosyncratic components. We take a Bayesian perspective and derive a Gibbs sampler to obtain the posterior density of the model parameters. This new tool is then used to investigate business cycle dynamics and to forecast GDP growth at short-term horizons in the euro area. We discuss three sets of empirical results. First, we use the model to evaluate the impact of macroeconomic releases on point and density forecast accuracy and on the width of forecast intervals. Second, we show how our setup allows us to make a probabilistic assessment of the contribution of releases to forecast revisions. Third, we design a pseudo out-of-sample forecasting exercise and examine point and density forecast accuracy. In line with findings in literature on Bayesian Vector Autoregressions (BVAR), we find that stochastic volatility contributes to an improvement in density forecast accuracy.
Keywords: forecasting, business cycle, mixed-frequency data, nonlinear models, nowcasting
JEL Classification: E32, C22, E27
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