De Pooter, Michiel and Ravazzolo, Francesco and van Dijk, Dick (2006): Predicting the term structure of interest rates incorporating parameter uncertainty, model uncertainty and macroeconomic information.
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We forecast the term structure of U.S. Treasury zero-coupon bond yields by analyzing a range of models that have been used in the literature. We assess the relevance of parameter uncertainty by examining the added value of using Bayesian inference compared to frequentist estimation techniques, and model uncertainty by combining forecasts from individual models. Following current literature we also investigate the benefits of incorporating macroeconomic information in yield curve models. Our results show that adding macroeconomic factors is very beneficial for improving the out-of-sample forecasting performance of individual models. Despite this, the predictive accuracy of models varies over time considerably, irrespective of using the Bayesian or frequentist approach. We show that mitigating model uncertainty by combining forecasts leads to substantial gains in forecasting performance, especially when applying Bayesian model averaging.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Institution:||Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper|
|Original Title:||Predicting the term structure of interest rates incorporating parameter uncertainty, model uncertainty and macroeconomic information|
|Keywords:||Term structure of interest rates; Nelson-Siegel model; Affine term structure model; forecast combination; Bayesian analysis|
|Subjects:||C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C5 - Econometric Modeling > C53 - Forecasting and Prediction Methods; Simulation Methods
E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E4 - Money and Interest Rates > E47 - Forecasting and Simulation: Models and Applications
|Depositing User:||Francesco Ravazzolo|
|Date Deposited:||04. Apr 2007|
|Last Modified:||15. Feb 2013 14:32|