Working Papers, Department of Economics, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 2013-15
In this chapter, we discuss the use of mixed frequency models and diffusion index approximation methods in the context of prediction. In particular, select recent specification and estimation methods are outlined, and an empirical illustration is provided wherein U.S. unemployment forecasts are constructed using both classical principal components based diffusion indexes as well as using a combination of diffusion indexes and factors formed using small mixed frequency datasets. Preliminary evidence that mixed frequency based forecasting models yield improvements over standard fixed frequency models is presented.
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