How Informative are Aggregated Inflation Expectations? Evidence from the ECB Survey of Professional Forecasters
Oinonen, Sami; Paloviita, Maritta (17.11.2017)
JulkaisusarjaJournal of Business Cycle Research
Julkaisun pysyvä osoite onhttps://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:bof-202002181146
This study examines short- and long-term inflation expectations in the unbalanced panel of the ECB Survey of Professional Forecasters. We focus on dispersion of forecaster views comparing two sub-groups of survey respondents based on forecast accuracy. We then examine possible differences between regular and irregular forecasters, and assess the impacts of varying panel composition on aggregated survey information. Our analysis indicates that survey participation is not necessarily completely random, i.e., statistically independent of forecaster views or confidence levels. While the study provides evidence that aggregated survey responses are generally a reliable proxy for inflation expectations in the euro area, one should also pay attention to expectations at the micro level, especially in periods of increased forecast uncertainty.