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Keywords:

  • Macroeconomic models;
  • Forecasts;
  • Incomplete;
  • information;
  • Exogenization

Abstract

In practical econometric forecasting exercises, incomplete data on current and immediate past values of endogenous variables are available. This paper considers various approaches to this ‘ragged edge’ problem, including the common device of treating as ‘temporarily exogenous’ an endogenous variable whose value is known, by deleting it from the set of endogenous variables for whose forecast values the model is solved and suppressing the corresponding structural equation. It is seen that this forecast can be adjusted to coincide with the optimal forecast. The initial discussion concerns the textbook linear simultaneous equation model; extensions to non-linear dynamic models are described.