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The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics

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Risk-Adjusted Forecasts of Oil Prices

Patrizio Pagano / Massimiliano Pisani
Published Online: 2009-06-16 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1935-1690.1626

This paper documents the existence of a significant forecast error on crude oil futures. We interpret it as a risk premium, which, in part, could have been explained by means of a real-time U.S. business cycle indicator, such as the degree of capacity utilization in manufacturing. This result is robust to the specification of the estimating equation and to the considered business cycle indicator. An out-of-the-sample prediction exercise reveals that futures adjusted to take into account this time-varying component produce significantly better forecasts than those of unadjusted futures, of futures adjusted for the average forecast error and of the random walk, particularly at horizons of more than 6 months.

Keywords: oil; forecasting; futures

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Published Online: 2009-06-16


Citation Information: The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, Volume 9, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 1935-1690, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1935-1690.1626.

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