Why are Macro-economic Growth Forecasts so wrong?

Why are Macro-economic Growth Forecasts so wrong?

 

There are several institutions which publish economic forecasts annually/quarterly.

  • IMF
  • OECD
  • EC

Central Banks of Nations also publish economic Forecasts.  For Example:

  • Federal Reserve Bank of USA
  • Bank of England
  • Bank of Canada
  • Riksbank of Sweden
  • European Central Bank

 

There are several surveys of professional forecasters which create consensus forecasts to improve the accuracy of forecasts.

  • US Fed Reserve Survey of Professional Forecasters
  • ECB Survey of Professional Forecasters
  • Consensus Forecasts by Consensus Forecasts
  • Federal Reserve Blue Book
  • Federal Reserve Livingston Survey
  • Blue Chip Economic Forecasts by Wolters Kluwers

 

International Forecasting organizations (Private and Government)

  • IMF, “World Economic Outlook”;
  • EC, “European Economic Forecast”;
  • OECD, “OECD Economic Outlook”;
  • Consensus Economics, “Consensus Forecasts”;
  • The Economist, “The Economist pool of forecasters”.

 

USA Private and Government Economic Forecasters

  • Fed Reserve Survey of Professional Forecasters
  • Blue Chip Economic Indicators ( Wolters Kluwer)
  • Green Book
  • Livingston Survey
  • CBO
  • FOMC
  • Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
  • Western Blue Chip Economic Forecast

 

From Swiss Re Report May 2017

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From Gauging the Uncertainty of the Economic Outlook Using Historical Forecasting Errors: The Federal Reserve’s Approach

RMSE GDP

 

Surveys of Economic Forecasters:

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USA Private Economic Forecasters

There are many private forecasters who also publish forecasts.  For Example:

  • The Conference Board
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Citi Group
  • Haver Analytics
  • RSQE Forecasts at University of Michigan

 

See the lists below for almost all of professional forecasters.

private forecasters USA

 

From Blue Chip Economic Forecast:

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From Social Learning, Strategic Incentives and Collective Wisdom: An Analysis of the Blue Chip Forecasting Group

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There is also in UK:

  • NIESR ( National Institute of Economic and Social Research)

 

From time to time many of these organizations review quality of their forecasts.  Results of these studies are published in papers many of which are listed in references below.

After the global financial Crisis of 2008-2009, many institutions have taken another look at their models used for forecasting economic variables.

See recent papers by

  • Bank of Canada
  • IMF
  • OECD
  • Fed Reserve
  • Bank of England
  • Riksbank of Sweden
  • US CBO
  • Bank of Portugal
  • European Commission

 

From Gauging the Uncertainty of the Economic Outlook Using Historical Forecasting Errors: The Federal Reserve’s Approach

Since late 2007, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the U.S. Federal Reserve has regularly published assessments of the uncertainty associated with the projections of key macroeconomic variables made by individual Committee participants.1 These assessments, which are reported in the Summary of Economic Projections (SEP) that accompanies the FOMC minutes once a quarter, provide two types of information about forecast uncertainty. The first is qualitative in nature and summarizes the answers of participants to two questions: Is the uncertainty associated with his or her own projections of real activity and inflation higher, lower or about the same as the historical average? And are the risks to his or her own projections weighted to the upside, broadly balanced, or weighted to the downside? The second type of information is quantitative and provides the historical basis for answering the first qualitative question. Specifically, the SEP reports the root mean squared errors (RMSEs) of real-time forecasts over the past 20 years made by a group of leading private and public sector forecasters.

 

Some have blamed the entire economics profession.  Several attempts are being made to improve economic analysis.  Examples include work being done at

  • INET ( Institute for New Economic Thinking)
  • NAEC  at OECD

Heterodox schools of economics are making claims to accuracy of their approach after failure of main stream orthodox New Classical economics in predicting the Global Financial Crisis.

I will create another post later for some of these issues.

  • GDP forecasts errors have been attributed to errors in GDP components of business investments and exports.
  • Variability of GDP forecasts from short term to long term
  • Variability of GDP forecasts between forecasters – private and governments

 

Key Sources of Research:

 

The Case of Serial Disappointment

Justin‐Damien Guénette, Nicholas Labelle St‐Pierre, Martin Leduc and
Lori Rennison

Bank of Canada Staff Analytical Note 2016-10
July 2016

The Case of Serial Disappointment

 

ToTEM: The Bank of Canada’s New Quarterly Projection Model

Stephen Murchison and Andrew Rennison

Research Department
Bank of Canada

2006

ToTEM: The Bank of Canada’s New Quarterly Projection Model

 

 

ToTEM II: An Updated Version of the Bank of Canada’s Quarterly Projection Model

José Dorich, Michael Johnston, Rhys Mendes, Stephen Murchison and Yang Zhang

Canadian Economic Analysis Department
Bank of Canada

2013

ToTEM II: An Updated Version of the Bank of Canada’s Quarterly Projection Model

 

 

Introducing the Bank of Canada’s Projection Model for the Global Economy

Jeannine Bailliu, Patrick Blagrave, and James Rossiter

International Economic Analysis Department
Bank of Canada

2010

Introducing the Bank of Canada’s Projection Model for the Global Economy

Introducing the Bank of Canada’s Projection Model for the Global Economy

 

 

BoC-GEM: Modelling the World Economy

René Lalonde, International Economic Analysis Department

Dirk Muir, International Monetary Fund

BANK OF CANADA REVIEW SUMMER 2009

BoC-GEM: Modelling the World Economy

 

 

MUSE: The Bank of Canada’s New Projection Model of the U.S. Economy

Marc-André Gosselin and René Lalonde
International Department
Bank of Canada

2005

MUSE: The Bank of Canada’s New Projection Model of the U.S. Economy

 

 

OECD FORECASTS DURING AND AFTER THE FINANCIAL CRISIS: A POST MORTEM

OECD Economics Department
Policy Note no. 23
February 2014

OECD FORECASTS DURING AND AFTER THE FINANCIAL CRISIS: A POST MORTEM

 

 

THE USE OF MODELS IN PRODUCING OECD MACROECONOMIC FORECASTS

OECD ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT WORKING PAPERS NO. 1336
By David Turner

2016

THE USE OF MODELS IN PRODUCING OECD MACROECONOMIC FORECASTS

 

 

Lessons from OECD forecasts during and after the financial crisis

Christine Lewis and Nigel Pain

OECD Journal: Economic Studies
Volume 2014

Lessons from OECD forecasts during and after the financial crisis

 

 

How accurate are OECD forecasts?

12 February 2014
by Brian Keeley

 

Home Glossary About Contact Disclaimer How accurate are OECD forecasts?

 

 

Debate the Issues: Complexity and Policy making

OECD

Edited By:Patrick Love, Julia Stockdale-Otárola

06 June 2017

Debate the Issues: Complexity and Policy making

 

 

We need an empowering narrative

OECD Insights
23 June 2017
Gabriela Ramos

 

 

Final NAEC Synthesis : New Approaches to Economic Challenges

OECD

2015

Final NAEC Synthesis New Approaches to Economic Challenges

 

Debate the Issues: New Approaches to Economic Challenges

OECD

2016

Debate the Issues: New Approaches to Economic Challenges

 

OECD Forecasts During and After the Financial Crisis

A Post Mortem

Nigel Pain, Christine Lewis, Thai-Thanh Dang, Yosuke Jin, Pete Richardson

17 Mar 2014

OECD Forecasts During and After the Financial Crisis A Post Mortem

 

 Outlook for the Budget and the Economy

CBO USA

Outlook for the Budget and the Economy

 

CBO’s Economic Forecasting Record: 2015 Update

US CBO

CBO’s Economic Forecasting Record: 2015 Update

 

“Gauging the Uncertainty of the Economic
Outlook Using Historical Forecasting Errors: The Federal Reserve’s Approach,”

Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2017-020.

Washington: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

“Gauging the Uncertainty of the Economic Outlook Using Historical Forecasting Errors: The Federal Reserve’s Approach

 

 The FRB/US Model: A Tool for Macroeconomic Policy Analysis

lint Brayton, Thomas Laubach, and David Reifschneider

2014

The FRB/US Model: A Tool for Macroeconomic Policy Analysis

 

 

 Gauging the Uncertainty of the Economic Outlook from Historical Forecasting Errors

David Reifschneider and Peter Tulip

federal Reserve

2007-60

Gauging the Uncertainty of the Economic Outlook from Historical Forecasting Errors

 

The IMF/WEO Forecast Process

Hans Genberg, Andrew Martinez, and Michael Salemi

IMF

2014

The IMF/WEO Forecast Process

 

 

On the Accuracy and Efficiency of IMF Forecasts: A Survey and Some Extensions

Hans Genberg and Andrew Martinez

IMF

2014

On the Accuracy and Efficiency of IMF Forecasts: A Survey and Some Extensions

 

 

An Evaluation of Commissioned Studies : Assessing the Accuracy of IMF Forecasts

Prepared by Charles Freedman
February 12, 2014

IMF

An Evaluation of Commissioned Studies : Assessing the Accuracy of IMF Forecasts

 

 

An Assessment of IMF Medium-Term Forecasts of GDP Growth

Carlos de Resende

2014

IMF

An Assessment of IMF Medium-Term Forecasts of GDP Growth

 

 

THE POLITICS OF IMF FORECASTS

AXEL DREHER
SILVIA MARCHESI
JAMES RAYMOND VREELAND

CESIFO WORKING PAPER NO. 2129

OCTOBER 2007

THE POLITICS OF IMF FORECASTS

 

 

Macroeconomic Forecasting: A Survey

K Wallis

1989

Macroeconomic Forecasting: A Survey

 

 

INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS’ VS. PRIVATE ANALYSTS’ FORECASTS:

AN EVALUATION

Ildeberta Abreu

Banco de Portugal
July 2011

International organisations’ vs. private analysts’ forecasts: an evaluation

https://www.bportugal.pt/sites/default/files/anexos/papers/ab201105_e.pdf

 

 

On Macroeconomic Forecasting

Simon Wren-Lewis

2014

On Macroeconomic Forecasting

 

Why central banks use models to forecast

Simon Wren-Lewis

2014

Why central banks use models to forecast

USA Survey of Economic Professional Forecasters

ECB Survey of Economic Professional Forecasters

 

Trading Economics

 

Oxford Economics

 

Consensus Economics

IHS Markit

 

Evaluating forecast performance

Bank of England

Independent Evaluation Office | November 2015

Evaluating forecast performance

 

 

 Does the FederaL Reserve Staff Still beat Private Forecasters?

Makram El-Shagi, Sebastian Giesen and Alexander Jung

2014

 

DoeS THe FeDeraL reSerVe STaFF STiLL beaT PriVaTe ForeCaSTerS?

 

 

Modern Forecasting Models in Action: Improving Macroeconomic Analyses at
Central Banks

Malin Adolfson, Michael K. Andersson, Jesper Lind´e,
Mattias Villani, and Anders Vredina

Sveriges Riksbank
CEPR
Stockholm University

Modern Forecasting Models in Action: Improving Macroeconomic Analyses at Central Banks

 

 

Updated Historical Forecast Errors (4/9/2014)

Federal Reserve

Updated Historical Forecast Errors (4/9/2014)

 

 

How good is the forecasting performance of major institutions?

Riksbank of Sweden

Monetary Policy Department.

How good is the forecasting performance of major institutions?

 

 

Best Economic Forecaster Awards

Focus Economics

Best Economic Forecaster Awards

 

Has Output Become More Predictable? Changes in Greenbook Forecast Accuracy

Federal Reserve

Has Output Become More Predictable? Changes in Greenbook Forecast Accuracy

 

Green Book

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Green Book

 

US Federal Reserve Livingston Survey

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Livingston Survey

 

 

The IMF and OECD versus Consensus Forecasts

by
Roy Batchelor
City University Business School, London
August 2000

The IMF and OECD versus Consensus Forecasts

 

 

CBO’s January 2017 Budget and Economic Outlook

CRFB

CBO’s January 2017 Budget and Economic Outlook

 

 

Growth Forecast Errors and Fiscal Multipliers

Prepared by Olivier Blanchard and Daniel Leigh

January 2013

IMF

http://www.nber.org/papers/w18779

Central Bank Macroeconomic Forecasting during the global Financial Crisis: the European Central Bank and Federal Reserve Bank of New York experiences

no 1688 / july 2014

 

 

Economic Forecasting and its Role in Making Monetary Policy

RB Australia

1999

 

https://www.rba.gov.au/publications/bulletin/1999/sep/pdf/bu-0999-1.pdf

 

Are Forecasting Models Usable for Policy Analysis?

1986

Chris Sims

Minneapolis Federal Reserve

 

https://www.minneapolisfed.org/research/QR/QR1011.pdf

 

Persistent Overoptimism about Economic Growth

BY KEVIN J. LANSING AND BENJAMIN PYLE

2015

 

http://www.frbsf.org/economic-research/files/el2015-03.pdf

 

 

Federal Reserve economic projections: What are they good for?

Ben S. Bernanke

Monday, November 28, 2016

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/ben-bernanke/2016/11/28/federal-reserve-economic-projections/

 

Reassessing Longer-Run U.S. Growth: How Low?

John G. Fernald
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

August 2016

 

http://www.frbsf.org/economic-research/files/wp2016-18.pdf

 

 

Recent declines in the Fed’s longer-run economic projections

by Jonas D. M. Fisher,

Christopher Russo,

2017

https://www.chicagofed.org/publications/chicago-fed-letter/2017/375

 

 

“How Accurate Are Private Sector Forecasts? Cross-Country Evidence from Consensus Forecasts of Output Growth.”

Prakash Loungani

2000

IMF

https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/wp/2000/wp0077.pdf

 

The Failure to Forecast the Great Recession

Simon Potter

 

Liberty Street Economics / New York Federal Reserve Bank

http://libertystreeteconomics.newyorkfed.org/2011/11/the-failure-to-forecast-the-great-recession.html

 

 

Social Learning, Strategic Incentives and Collective Wisdom: An Analysis of the Blue Chip Forecasting Group

J. Peter Ferderer Department of Economics Macalester College
St. Paul, MN 55105 ferderer@macalester.edu

Adam Freedman Chicago, IL 60601 freedman.adamj@gmail.com

July 22, 2015

 

http://muse.union.edu/lamacroworkshop2015/files/2015/01/34-Ferderer-Blue-Chip-Collective-Wisdom.pdf

 

 

CBO’s Economic Forecasting Record 2013 Update

 

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/113th-congress-2013-2014/reports/43846-ForecastingRecord.pdf

 

CBO’s Economic Forecasting Record 2015 Update

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/reports/49891-Forecasting_Record_2015.pdf

 

CBO Recurring reports

https://www.cbo.gov/about/products/major-recurring-reports#7

 

European Commission’s Forecasts Accuracy Revisited: Statistical Properties and Possible Causes of Forecast Errors

Marco Fioramanti, Laura González Cabanillas, Bjorn Roelstraete and Salvador Adrian Ferrandis Vallterra

2016

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2753854

 

 

Western Blue Chip Economic Forecast

Arizona State University

JPMorgan Chase Economic Outlook Center

https://research.wpcarey.asu.edu/economic-outlook/western-blue-chip/state-forecasts-archive-download?type=pdf&year=2017&month=08&state=Summary

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