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Hybrideseminar: Nowcasting GDP using tone-adjusted time varying news topics: Evidence from the financial press

Centraal Planbureau

We extract tone-adjusted, time-varying and hierarchically ordered topics from a large corpus of financial news and investigate whether these topics are useful for monitoring the business cycle and nowcasting GDP growth. The financial newspaper articles span the period January 1985 up until January 2021. Our newspaper sentiment indicator has a high concordance with the business cycle. Further, we find newspaper sentiment increases the accuracy of our nowcast for GDP growth using a workhorse nowcasting model, especially in periods of crisis. We conclude that our tone-adjusted newspaper topics contain valuable information not embodied in monthly indicators from statistical offices.


  • Jasper de Winter (DNB)


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