Cai, Michael Del Negro, Marco Giannoni, Marc P. Gupta, Abhi Li, Pearl Moszkowski, Erica
Year of Publication:
Staff Report 844
The years following the Great Recession were challenging for forecasters. Unlike other deep downturns, this recession was not followed by a swift recovery, but generated a sizable and persistent output gap that was not accompanied by deflation as a traditional Phillips curve relationship would have predicted. Moreover, the zero lower bound and unconventional monetary policy generated a policy environment without precedents. We document the real real-time forecasting performance of the New York Fed dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (DSGE) model during this period and explain the results using the pseudo real-time forecasting performance results from a battery of DSGE models. We find the New York Fed DSGE model's forecasting accuracy to be comparable to that of private forecasters - and notably better, for output growth, than the median forecasts from the FOMC's Summary of Economic Projections. The model's financial frictions were key in obtaining these results, as they implied a slow recovery following the financial crisis.
DSGE models real-time forecasts Great Recession financial frictions