Universität Leipzig, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Leipzig
Dynamic factor models based on Kalman Filter techniques are frequently used to nowcast GDP. This study deals with the selection of indicators for this practice. We propose a two-tiered mechanism which is shown in a case study to produce more accurate nowcasts than a benchmark stochastic process and a standard model including extreme bounds fragile indicators. Nowcasting accuracy nearly measures up to the one of real-time forecasts by an institution with an interest in high-quality nowcasts.