The following list contains research articles that explore the topic of
economic forecasting and forecast accuracy.
Armstrong, J.S. (2001) “Combining Forecasts”, in Principles of Forecasting: A Handbook for Researchers and Practitioners. Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers. 417-439.
Batchelor, R. & P. Dua (1995) “Forecaster Diversity and the Benefits of Combining Forecasts”, Management Science, 41, 68-75.
Batchelor, R. (2000) “The IMF and OECD versus Consensus Forecasts”, Applied Economics, 33 (2), 225-235.
Bates, J.M. & C.W.J Granger (1969) “The Combination of Forecasts”, Operational Research Quarterly, 20, 451-468.
Bernstein, P.L. & T.H. Silbert (1984) “Are Economic Forecasters Worth Listening To?”, Harvard Business Review, (September/October), 32-40.
Blix, M., J. Wadefjord, U. Wienecke & M. Adahl (2001) “How good is the forecasting performance of major institutions?”, Economic Review of the Riksbank, 3, 38-68.
Clemen, R.T. (1989) “Combining Forecasts: A Review and Annotated Bibliography”, International Journal of Forecasting, 5, 559-583.
Clemen, R.T. and R.L. Winkler (1986) "Combining Economic Forecasts", Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, 4 (1) 39-46.
Clements, M.P. & D.F. Hendry (1998) Forecasting Economic Time Series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Elliott, G., C.W.J. Granger & A. Timmermann (2006) Handbook of Economic Forecasting. Amsterdam: North-Holland.
Genberg, H. & A. Martinez (2014) “On the accuracy and efficiency of IMF Forecasts: A Survey and Some Extensions”, IEO Background Paper.
Graham, J.R. (1996) "Is a Group of Economists Better Than One?" Journal of Business, 69 (2), 193-232.
Hawkins, J. (2002) “Cassandra and the Sirens: Economic Forecasting in Emerging Economies”, IFC Conference – Bank of International Settlements, Basle, 13.
Hendry D.F. & N.R. Ericsson (2003) Understanding Economic Forecasts. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
Jones, R.C. (2014) “Making Better Investment Decisions”, The Journal of Portfolio Management, 40 (2), 128-143.
Kacapyr, E. (1996) “Consensus Forecasts”, in Economic Forecasting: The State of the Art. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe. 141-153.
Lawrence, M.J., R.H. Edmundson & M.J. O’Connor (1986) “The Accuracy of Combining Judgmental and Statistical Forecasts”, Management Science, 32, 1521-1532.
Makridakis, S. & R.L. Winkler (1983) Averages of Forecasts: Some Empirical Results, Management Science, 29, 987-996.
McNees, S.K. (1987) “Consensus Forecasts: Tyranny of the Majority?”, New England Economic Review, Nov/Dec, 15-21.
Novotny, F. & M. Rakova (2010) “Assessment of Consensus Forecasts Accuracy: The Czech National Bank Perspective, Working Paper Series, 14.
Winkler, R.L. (1989) “Combining Forecasts: A Philosophical Basis and Some Current Issues”, International Journal of Forecasting, 5 (4), 605-609.
Zarnowitz, V. (1984) “The Accuracy of Individual and Group Forecasts from Business Outlook Surveys”, Journal of Forecasting, 3, 11-26.
Zarnowitz, V. & P. Braun (1992) “Twenty-two Years of the NBER-ASA Quarterly Economic Outlook Surveys: Aspects and Comparisons of Forecasting Performance", NBER Working Paper, No. 3965.
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