Asian Development Outlook Forecast Accuracy 2007–2016 | Asian Development Bank

Asian Development Outlook Forecast Accuracy 2007–2016

Publication | January 2019
Asian Development Outlook Forecast Accuracy 2007–2016

This report assesses the accuracy of the Asian Development Outlook (ADO) growth and inflation forecasts for 43 Asian economies from 2007 to 2016.

This is done in relation to the benchmark of World Economic Outlook (WEO) projections by the International Monetary Fund. Amid much heterogeneity across countries and years, it has been found that ADO and WEO projections overlap quite closely. Both are inaccurate, especially during crisis years, suggesting that forecasters struggle to come up with reliable forecasts. Projections only sharpen when additional data and evidence become available over time and are incorporated during quarterly revisions.