Overview of a recent Reserve Bank workshop - nowcasting with model combination

Release date
Vol. 72. No. 1. March 2009
Kirdan Lees
In December 2008, jointly with the Bank for International Settlements, the Reserve Bank hosted a workshop entitled “Nowcasting with Model Combination”. This workshop was an opportunity for central bank practitioners and local and offshore academics to discuss recent technical advances in how to combine models for ‘nowcasting’ – the forecasting of current or near-term economic conditions. This note provides an overview of some themes that emerged from the workshop. Full papers are available from http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/research/workshops/december2008/3421588.html.