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The Past, Present, and Future of Macroeconomic Forecasting

Francis X. Diebold

NBER Working Paper No. 6290
Issued in November 1997
NBER Program(s):   EFG

Broadly defined, macroeconomic forecasting is alive and well. Nonstructural forecasting which is based largely on reduced-form correlations, has always been well and continues to" improve. Structural forecasting, which aligns itself with economic theory and hence rises and" falls with theory, receded following the decline of Keynesian theory. In recent years powerful new dynamic stochastic general equilibrium theory has been developed macroeconomic forecasting is poised for resurgence.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w6290

Published: Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 12 (1998): 175-192. citation courtesy of

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