The Resource Uncertainties in Projecting Budget Surpluses: A Discussion of Data and Methods

Uncertainties in Projecting Budget Surpluses: A Discussion of Data and Methods

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Uncertainties in Projecting Budget Surpluses: A Discussion of Data and Methods
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Uncertainties in Projecting Budget Surpluses: A Discussion of Data and Methods
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In January 31, 2001, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released The Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2002-2011, which presents CBO's latest projections of federal revenues and outlays for that period. Chapter 5 of that report discusses the uncertainties in CBO's baseline projection of the total budget surplus and includes a chart (reproduced here as Figure 1) illustrating how those uncertainties increase over six years. This supplement to that report discusses the data and methods used to construct the chart. Figure 1 presents CBO's baseline projection of the budget surplus as a fan of probabilities around the mean projection for fiscal years 2001 through 2006. The fan widens as the projection extends. The baseline projection falls in the middle of the highest probabilities the darkest part of the figure. But the figure makes clear that nearby projections-other paths in the darkest part of the figure have nearly the same probability as the baseline. Moreover, projections that are quite different from the baseline have a significant probability of being realized. The uncertainties shown in Figure I are based on CBO's historical record of budget projections. That is, the estimates of uncertainty presume that in the future, CBO will make errors similar to those it made in the past, with about the same probability distribution of large and small errors
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CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE (U S CONGRESS) WASHINGTON DC
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  • Economic impact
  • Budgets
  • Revenue sharing
  • Uncertainty
  • Probability distribution functions
  • Estimates
  • Base lines
  • Errors
  • Fans
  • Mean
  • Fiscal policies
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
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Uncertainties in Projecting Budget Surpluses: A Discussion of Data and Methods
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rdamedia
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Hein Online
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  • (OCoLC)227990127
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Label
Uncertainties in Projecting Budget Surpluses: A Discussion of Data and Methods
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
12 pages
Form of item
online
Governing access note
APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
Hein Online
System control number
  • (OCoLC)227990127
  • (OCoLC)ocn227990127

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