Creator: Supel, Thomas M. Series: Staff report (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 012 Abstract:
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Creator: Miller, Preston J. and Roberds, William Series: Staff report (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 109 Abstract:
Doan, Litterman, and Sims (DLS) have suggested using conditional forecasts to do policy analysis with Bayesian vector autoregression (BVAR) models. Their method seems to violate the Lucas critique, which implies that coefficients of a BVAR model will change when there is a change in policy rules. In this paper we construct a BVAR macro model and attempt to determine whether the Lucas critique is important quantitatively. We find evidence following two candidate policy rule changes of significant coefficient instability and of a deterioration in the performance of the DLS method.
Keyword: Coefficient instability, Bayesian vector autoregression, and Conditional forecasts
Creator: Crone, Theodore M. and Mills, Leonard O. (Leonard Orion), 1960- Series: System committee on agriculture and rural development Abstract:
Cointegration tests are used to examine the basic long-term relation between population and the housing stock. There is some weak evidence of a long-run relation between the constant-cost value of the housing stock and population-driven demand. Much stronger evidence exists for a long-term relation between owner-occupied housing units and the adult population. We generally cannot reject that the number of housing units intended for owner-occupancy has adjusted in proportion to the population 25 years of age and older. Using these results and current population projections, we produce trend forecasts through the year 2010 for the owner-occupied housing stock and single-family housing starts in the U.S.
Keyword: Population, Demographics, and Housing Subject (JEL): J11 - Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts ; General Migration and R31: Housing Supply and Markets
Creator: Wallace, Neil Series: Working paper (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 000 Description:
This paper was published with no issue number.
Keyword: Economic models, Forecasts, Policy studies , and Neutrality view Subject (JEL): E17 - General Aggregative Models: Forecasting and Simulation: Models and Applications, R15 - General Regional Economics: Econometric and Input-Output Models; Other Models, and E52 - Monetary Policy
Creator: Muench, Thomas J., Rolnick, Arthur J., 1944-, Wallace, Neil, and Weiler, William Series: Working paper (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 019 Abstract:
Prediction interval tests are applied to the reduced forms of two quarterly models of the U.S. (the "old" FRB-MIT model and the Michigan model). The results illustrate the range of tests one can perform on an estimated simultaneous equation model. In particular, the tests determine whether ex post forecast errors can be attributed to structural deficiencies of the models. The paper examines confidence regions and other aspects of forecast distributions-comparisons between mean forecasts and nonstochastic forecasts, comparisons between, forecast variances from multiperiod endogenous simulations and those from one period simulations, and comparisons between forecast variances and residual variances.
Keyword: Michigan quarterly model, FRB-MIT quarterly model, and Monte Carlo experiment Subject (JEL): C53 - Forecasting Models; Simulation Methods, C52 - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection, and C30 - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables: General
Creator: Rich, Robert W., 1958- and Tracy, Joseph S., 1956- Series: Joint committee on business and financial analysis Abstract:
This paper examines data on point and probabilistic forecasts of inflation from the Survey of Professional Forecasters. We use this data to evaluate current strategies for the empirical modeling of forecast behavior. In particular, the analysis principally focuses on the relationship between ex post forecast errors and ex ante measures of uncertainty in order to assess the reliability of using proxies based on predictive accuracy to describe changes in predictive confidence. After we adjust the data to account for certain features in the conduct and construct of the survey, we find a significant and robust correlation between observed heteroskedasticity in the consensus forecast errors and forecast uncertainty. We also document that significant compositional effects are present in the data that are economically important in the case of forecast uncertainty, and may be related to differences in respondents' access to information.
Keyword: Forecasting, Inflation, Uncertainty, Disagreement, and Conditional heteroskedasticity Subject (JEL): C12 - Econometric and statistical methods : General - Hypothesis testing, C22 - Single equation models ; Single variables - Time-series models ; Dynamic quantile regressions, and E37 - Prices, business fluctuations, and cycles - Forecasting and simulation
Creator: Conesa, Juan Carlos, Kehoe, Timothy Jerome, 1953-, Nygaard, Vegard M., and Raveendranathan, Gajendran Series: Staff report (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 583 Abstract:
We develop and calibrate an overlapping generations general equilibrium model of the U.S. economy with heterogeneous consumers who face idiosyncratic earnings and health risk to study the implications of exogenous trends in increasing college attainment, decreasing fertility, and increasing longevity between 2005 and 2100. While all three trends contribute to a higher old age dependency ratio, increasing college attainment has different macroeconomic implications because it increases labor productivity. Decreasing fertility and increasing longevity require the government to increase the average labor tax rate from 32.0 to 44.4 percent. Increasing college attainment lowers the required tax increase by 10.1 percentage points. The required tax increase is higher under general equilibrium than in a small open economy with a constant interest rate because the reduction in the interest rate lowers capital income tax revenues.
Keyword: College attainment, Health care, Aging, Taxation, and Overlapping generations Subject (JEL): H55 - Social Security and Public Pensions, I13 - Health Insurance, Public and Private, H20 - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue: General, H51 - National Government Expenditures and Health, and J11 - Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts
Creator: Roberds, William and Stutzer, Michael J. Series: Working paper (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 285 Keyword: Adjustable rate mortgage, ARM, Mortgage loans, and BVAR forecast Subject (JEL): G21 - Banks; Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages and E21 - Macroeconomics: Consumption; Saving; Wealth