Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New York Fed: Forecasting with Internet Search Data

A good read from the New York Fed:
Most economic data are released with a lag, sometimes quite a substantial one. Since the advent of regularly scheduled releases of economic data in the 1930s, a key challenge for economists has been to identify indicators that provide timely information about the release before it comes out—effectively, that “now-cast” its content. Recent academic research suggests that counts of Internet searches for certain words or phrases can predict some macroeconomic data releases. In this post, we show that Internet search counts can also predict some financial market data releases, as well as future price movements in some financial markets.

Forecasting with Internet Search Data - Liberty Street Economics

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