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Prediction Intervals for Economic Fixed-Event Forecasts

  • Series
    Econometrics Seminars and Workshop Series
  • Speaker(s)
    Fabian Krüger (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
  • Field
    Econometrics, Data Science
  • Location
    University of Amsterdam, Room E5.22
  • Date and time

    October 20, 2023
    12:30 - 13:30


The fixed-event forecasting setup is common in economic policy. It involves a sequence of forecasts of the same (’fixed’) predictand, so that the difficulty of the forecasting problem decreases over time. For example, forecasting the annual inflation rate for 2022 was a very difficult task in January 2021, but a rather easy task in November 2022. In practice, fixed-event point forecasts are typically published without a quantitative measure of uncertainty. To construct such a measure, we consider forecast postprocessing techniques tailored to the fixed-event case. We propose parametric and nonparametric regression methods that are motivated by the problem at hand, and use these methods to construct prediction intervals for economic growth and inflation in Germany and the US. Joint paper with Hendrik Plett.