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The scale of predictability

Bandi, F.M, Perron, B, Tamoni, Andrea and Tebaldi, C. (2018) The scale of predictability. Journal of Econometrics, 208 (1). pp. 120-140. ISSN 0304-4076

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jeconom.2018.09.008


We introduce a new stylized fact: the hump-shaped behavior of slopes and coefficients of determination as a function of the aggregation horizon when running (forward/backward) predictive regressions of future excess market returns onto past economic uncertainty (as proxied by market variance, consumption variance, or economic policy uncertainty). To justify this finding formally, we propose a novel modeling framework in which predictability is specified as a property of low-frequency components of both excess market returns and economic uncertainty. We dub this property scale-specific predictability. We show that classical predictive systems imply restricted forms of scale-specific predictability. We conclude that for certain predictors, like economic uncertainty, the restrictions imposed by classical predictive systems may be excessively strong.

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Additional Information: © 2017 The Author
Divisions: Finance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2017 10:26
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 03:25

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