Abstract

We establish methods that improve the predictions of macroeconometric models—dynamic factor models, dynamic stochastic general equilibrium models, and vector autoregressions—using a quarterly U.S. data set. We measure prediction quality with one-step-ahead probability densities assigned in real time. Two steps lead to substantial improvements: (a) the use of full Bayesian predictive distributions rather than conditioning on the posterior mode for parameters and (b) the use of an equally weighted pool.

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