Structural Modeling and Forecasting Using a Cluster of Dynamic Factor Models
40 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2020
Date Written: July 16, 2020
We propose a modeling approach involving a series of small-scale dynamic factor models. They are connected to each other within a cluster, whose linkages are derived from Granger-causality tests. This approach merges the benefits of large-scale macroeconomic and small-scale factor models, rendering our Cluster of Dynamic Factor Models (CDFM) useful for model-consistent nowcasting and forecasting on a larger scale. While the CDFM has a simple structure and is easy to replicate, its forecasts are more precise than those of a wide range of competing models and those of professional forecasters. Moreover, the CDFM allows forecasters to introduce their own judgment and hence produce conditional forecasts.
Keywords: Forecasting, Dynamic factor model, Granger causality, Structural modeling
JEL Classification: C22, C53, C55, E37
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