A comparative analysis of three macro price forecasting models

Akintoye, Akintola S. & Skitmore, Martin (1994) A comparative analysis of three macro price forecasting models. Construction Management and Economics, 12(3), pp. 257-270.


This paper examines the relative performance of three different systems of forecasting movements in macro building prices. The three systems analysed are (1) the Building Cost Information Service system, (2) the Davis, Langdon & Everest system, and (3) Akintoye and Skitmore's reduced-form simultaneous equation. A battery of accuracy measures are used to compare the forecasts published by the Building Cost Information Service and Davis, Langdon & Everest systems and simulated out-sample forecasts made by the Akintoye and Skitmore system. The results indicate that, during the three year period commencing with the first quarter 1988, the Akintoye and Skitmore system gives the most accurate forecasts for a zero to three quarters forecast horizon and the Building Cost Information Service system gives the most accurate forecasts for a four to eight quarters forecast horizon.

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ID Code: 4407
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Tender Price Index, forecasting, econometrics, accuracy
ISSN: 1466-433X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1994 Taylor and Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Construction Management and Economics 12(3):pp. 257-270.
Deposited On: 15 Jun 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:32

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