Economic Forecasting (Hardback)
  • Economic Forecasting (Hardback)

Economic Forecasting (Hardback)

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Hardback 315 Pages / Published: 12/08/2005
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Economic Forecasting provides a comprehensive overview of macroeconomic forecasting. The focus is first on a wide range of theories as well as empirical methods: business cycle analysis, time series methods, macroeconomic models, medium and long-run projections, fiscal and financial forecasts, and sectoral forecasting. In addition, the book addresses the main issues surrounding the use of forecasts (accuracy, communication challenges) and their policy implications. A tour of the economic data and forecasting institutions is also provided.

Publisher: Palgrave USA
ISBN: 9781403936530
Number of pages: 315
Weight: 661 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 19 mm
Edition: 2005 ed.


'Good economic forecasters are pragmatists. They combine intuition, based on experience, with time series evidence, with theory. Forget theory, and you lose internal consistency and become a bad story teller. Be a slave to theory, and you miss important developments because they do not fit. These skills are not taught in graduate school (they should). But they are taught in this remarkable book. Read it before you start forecasting.' - Olivier J. Blanchard, Economics Professor, MIT

'Economic Forecasting is accessible to anyone with a general background in economics, yet nuanced and state-of-the-art. It provides the complete toolkit needed by forecasters, with clear presentations of the technicalities and numerous up-to-date real-life exhibits. It vividly shows how economic analysis and decision processes interact.' - Jean-Philippe Cotis, OECD Chief Economist

'Speaking as a previous practitioner of this 'dark art' at the Bank of Canada, I found this book both useful and easy to read. Useful, because it reminded me almost effortlessly of many of the complications and pitfalls in forecasting that I once had to learn the hard way. And also useful because its comprehensive and thoroughly up-to-date approach gave me insights that I either never had or were simply not available at the time. As for easy, it is a joy to read a book that is clearly written, logically ordered, and reliant no more than is necessary on mathematical techniques. Striking the right modest tone about economic forecasting - through explicit recognition of natural impediments to foreseeing the future, the problem of conflicting models and indicators, and the ultimate need to exercise good judgement - was for me another of the book's attractive qualities.' - William R. White, Economic Adviser and Head of the Monetary and Economic Department, BIS

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