Title

Forecasting inflation in a small open developing economy

RIS ID

140067

Publication Details

Madhou, A., Sewak, T., Moosa, I. & Ramiah, V. 2019, 'Forecasting inflation in a small open developing economy', Applied Economics,

Abstract

2019, 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. The transition to a model-based forecasting environment is encountered by hurdles in a small open developing economy. An attempt is made to validate the benefits of model-based inflation forecasting for central banks in small open developing economies. Despite data limitations, two distinct VARs are designed to project near-term inflation. Batteries of tests (such as sequential forecasts, out-of-sample forecasting errors, equal-weight forecasting errors and decomposition) are performed on the two models to assess their predictive ability. The main finding is that model-based forecasts are reliable for use by central banks in small open developing economies, as substantiated by the relatively low forecasting errors.

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Link to publisher version (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2019.1683145