Forecasting the Probability of Recessions in South Africa: The Role of Decomposed Term-Spread and Economic Policy Uncertainty
Autores
Luis A. Gil-Alana
R. Gupta
G. Aye
C. Christour
Tipo
Artículo
Editorial
Journal of International Development
Páginas
101-116
Fecha
04-03-2019
Resumen

This paper extends the vast literature forecasting the probability of recession by including the different components of the term spread, namely the expectation and the term premium components obtained from a fractional integration approach. We also augment these with the economic policy uncertainty index. We use 10 specifications of the probit prediction model and quarterly data from South Africa covering the period 1990:1 to 2012:1 for analyses. Our out-of-sample results show that the model that incorporates the expectation component of the yield spread in addition to economic policy uncertainty provides the best forecast of recession in South Africa. All three recession periods in our sample were accurately dictated by the prediction models and the best forecast occurred at the four quarters ahead horizon. These results were also robust to the full sample prediction

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