In an increasingly data-rich environment, the use of factor models for forecasting purposes has gained prominence in the literature and among practitioners. Herein, we assess the forecasting behaviour of factor models to predict several GDP components and investigate the performance of a bottom-up approach to forecast GDP growth in Portugal, which was one of the hardest hit economies during the latest economic and financial crisis. We find supporting evidence of the usefulness of factor models and noteworthy forecasting gains when conducting a bottom-approach drawing on the main aggregates of GDP.
- Bottom-up approach
- Factor models