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Evaluation of USDA interval forecasts of corn and soybean prices

Isengildina, O.I.win, S.; Good, D.

American journal of agricultural economics 86(4): 990-1004

2004


ISSN/ISBN: 0002-9092
DOI: 10.1111/j.0002-9092.2004.00648.x
Accession: 004149985

USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) price forecasts are published as an interval, but are typically analyzed as point estimates. Thus, all information about uncertainty imbedded in the forecast is ignored. The purpose of this article is to evaluate the accuracy of WASDE corn and soybean price forecasts using methodology suitable for testing judgmental interval forecasts. Accuracy tests suggest that WASDE forecasts are not calibrated at the 95% confidence level for both commodities and generally not calibrated for corn, but calibrated for soybeans, at the implied confidence level elicited from the survey of forecast providers.

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