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Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey: survey methodology and performance


Abstract: The Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey (TMOS) is a monthly survey of area manufacturers conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. TMOS indexes provide timely information on manufacturing activity in Texas, which is useful for understanding broader changes in regional economic conditions. This paper describes the survey methodology and analyzes the explanatory and predictive power of TMOS indexes with regard to other measures of state economic activity. Regression analysis shows that several TMOS indexes successfully explain monthly changes in Texas employment and quarterly changes in gross state product. Forecasting exercises show that several TMOS indexes, particularly general business activity and growth rate of orders, are useful in predicting changes in Texas employment.

Keywords: Manufacturing; Surveys; Forecasting;

JEL Classification: C58; C83; L60;

https://doi.org/10.24149/wp1416

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Part of Series: Working Papers

Publication Date: 2014-12-01

Number: 1416

Pages: 33 pages