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Do Macro Variables, Asset Markets or Surveys Forecast Inflation Better?

55 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2005  

Andrew Ang

BlackRock, Inc

Geert Bekaert

Columbia Business School - Finance and Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Min Wei

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve - Division of Monetary Affairs

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Date Written: August 2005

Abstract

Surveys do! We examine the forecasting power of four alternative methods of forecasting U.S. inflation out-of-sample: time series ARIMA models; regressions using real activity measures motivated from the Phillips curve; term structure models that include linear, non-linear, and arbitrage-free specifications; and survey-based measures. We also investigate several optimal methods of combining forecasts. Our results show that surveys outperform the other forecasting methods and that the term structure specifications perform relatively poorly. We find little evidence that combining forecasts using means or medians, or using optimal weights with prior information produces superior forecasts to survey information alone. When combining forecasts, the data consistently places the highest weights on survey information.

Suggested Citation

Ang, Andrew and Bekaert, Geert and Wei, Min, Do Macro Variables, Asset Markets or Surveys Forecast Inflation Better? (August 2005). NBER Working Paper No. w11538. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=779948

Andrew Ang (Contact Author)

BlackRock, Inc ( email )

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Geert Bekaert

Columbia Business School - Finance and Economics ( email )

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Min Wei

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve - Division of Monetary Affairs ( email )

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Washington, DC 20551
United States

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