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Forecasting is at the core of conducting forward looking monetary policy. Because of this, real-time monitoring of current and future economic conditions, assessing risk, and constructing alternative scenarios are common activities across all central banks. These institutions have therefore not only been important consumers of forecasting techniques developed in academia but act as a laboratory, leading to further research developments and providing a research agenda.

In order to facilitate dissemination of scholarly work on economic forecasting, and especially methods applicable to central banks, the Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis will be hosting a conference on Central Bank Forecasting Thursday-Friday, November 9 - 10, 2017. Subsequent to the conference, the International Journal of Forecasting will publish a special issue on Central Bank Forecasting. Papers presented at this conference will be one source of submissions. External submissions will also be considered.


October 20, 2017
Deadline for conference registration.


Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Gateway Conference Center
One Federal Reserve Bank Plaza
Broadway and Locust
St. Louis, MO 63102
United States (Map)
Research Department