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Title: Properties of macroeconomic forecast errors
Authors: Harvey, David I.
Newbold, Paul
Keywords: survey data
forecast error distribution
non-normality
Issue Date: 2000
Abstract: This paper investigates the distributional properties of individual and consensus time series macroeconomic forecast errors, using data from the Survey of Professional Forecasters. The degree of autocorrelation and the presence of ARCH in the consensus errors is also determined. We find strong evidence of leptokurtic forecast errors and some evidence of skewness, suggesting that an assumption of error normality is inappropriate; many of the forecast error series are found to have non-zero mean, and we find sporadic evidence of consensus error ARCH. Properties of the distribution of cross-sectional forecast errors are also examined.
Description: Economics Research Paper, no.00-02
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/429
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