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Jared Laxton, Igor Ermolaev, Charles Freedman, Ondrej Kamenik, Michel Juillard, Douglas Laxton, Ioan Carabenciov, and Dmitry Korshunov
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND
This is the second of a series of papers that are being written as part of a larger project to estimate a small quarterly Global Projection Model (GPM). The GPM project is designed to improve the toolkit for studying both own-country and cross-country linkages. In this paper, we estimate a small quarterly projection model of the US, Euro Area, and Japanese economies. The model is estimated with Bayesian techniques, which provide a very efficient way of imposing restrictions to produce both plausible dynamics and sensible forecasting properties. We show how the model can be used to construct efficient baseline forecasts that incorporate judgment imposed on the near-term outlook.