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Unformatted text preview: it to data specific features • This gives motivation for using information criteria, which embody 2 factors
 a term which is a function of the RSS
 some penalty for adding extra parameters
The object is to choose the number of parameters which minimizes the
information criterion. • 40 Information Criteria for Model Selection •
• • The information criteria vary according to how stiff the penalty term is.
The three most popular criteria are Akaike’s (1974) information criterion
(AIC), Schwarz’s (1978) Bayesian information criterion (SBIC), and the
HannanQuinn criterion (HQIC). where k = p + q + 1, T = sample size. So we min. IC s.t.
SBIC embodies a stiffer penalty term than AIC.
Which IC should be preferred if they suggest different model orders?
– SBIC is strongly consistent but (inefficient).
– AIC is not consistent, and will typically pick “bigger” models.
41 Forecasting in Econometrics • Forecasting = Prediction.
Forecasts are made to guide decisions in a variety of fields.
Economics: The forecast of the major economic variables, such as GDP,
unemployment, consumption, investment, the price level, and interest
rates are used for governments to guide monetary and fiscal policy.
Private firms use them for strategic planning, because economywide
economic fluctuations typically have industrylevel and firmlevel
effects.
Financial speculation: Speculators in asset markets have an interest in
forecasting asset returns (stock returns, interest rates, exchange rates, ...).
Such forecasts are made routinely. 42 Forecasting in Econometrics
• Financial risk management: Volatility forecasts are crucial for
evaluating and insuring risks associated with asset portfolios. Volatility
forecasts are also crucial for firms and investors who need to price
assets such options and other derivatives. • We can distinguish two approaches:
 Econometric (structural) forecasting
 Time series forecasting • The distinction between the two types is somewhat blurred (e.g, VARs). 43 InSample Versus OutofSample
• Expect the “forecast” of the model to be good insample. • Say we have some data  e.g. monthly NYSE returns for 120 months:
1990M1 – 1999M12. We could use all of it to build the model, or keep
some observations back: • A good test of the model since we have not used the information from
1999M1 onwards when we estimated the model parameters.
44 How to produce forecasts •
• Multistep ahead versus singlestep ahead forecasts
Recursive versus rolling windows • To understand how to construct forecasts, we need the idea of
conditional expectations:
E(yt+1  Ωt ) • We cannot forecast a white noise process: E(ut+s  Ωt ) = 0 ∀ s > 0. • The two simplest forecasting “methods”
1. Assume no change : f(yt+s) = yt
2. Forecasts are the long term average f(yt+s) = 45 Models for Forecasting • Structural models
e.g.
y = Xβ + u yt = β1 + β 2 x2t + K + β k xkt + ut To forecast y, we require the conditional expectation...
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 Summer '13
 JaneBargers
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