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The accuracy of housing forecasting in Australia

Mills, Anthony , Harris, David , & Skitmore, Martin (2003) The accuracy of housing forecasting in Australia. Engineering Construction and Architectural Management, 10(4), pp. 245-253.

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Abstract

Forecasting is an integral part of all business planning, and forecasting the outlook for housing is of interest to many firms in the housing construction sector. This research measures the performance of a number of industry forecasting bodies; this is done to provide users with an indicator to of the value of housing forecasting undertaken in Australia.

The accuracy of housing commencement forecasts of three Australian organisations – the Housing Industry Association (HIA), the Indicative Planning Council for the Housing Industry (IPC) and BIS-Shrapnel - is examined through the empirical analysis of their published forecasts supplemented by qualitative data in the form of opinions elicited from several industry ‘experts’ employed in these organisations.

Forecasting performance was determined by comparing the housing commencement forecast with the actual data collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on an ex-post basis. Although the forecasts cover different time periods, the level of accuracy is similar, at around 11-13% for four-quarter-ahead forecasts. In addition, national forecasts are more accurate than forecasts for individual states. This is the first research that has investigated the accuracy of both private and public sector forecasting of housing construction in Australia. This allows users of the information to better understand the performance of various forecasting organisations.

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ID Code: 4441
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Housing, housing commencements, forecasting, accuracy, Australia
DOI: 10.1108/09699980310489951
ISSN: 0969-9988
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Quantity Surveying (120203)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Emerald Publishing
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 05 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:02

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