Econometrica: Jul 1963, Volume 31, Issue 3

Sales Forecasts and the Inventory Cycle

https://doi.org/0012-9682(196307)31:3<400:SFATIC>2.0.CO;2-S
p. 400-421

Edward Foster

This paper discusses the stability of a multi-sector inventory cycle model incorporating inventories of inputs and, to some extent, of outputs. It emphasizes the effect on stability of adopting new assumptions about sales forecasting behavior; these new assumptions are embodied in a "customers' demand" forecasting model, presented in Section 1. It is argued that stability conclusions are somewhat sensitive to the forecasting assumptions adopted; so conclusions should be drawn with caution, given our lack of knowledge concerning actual forecasting techniques used by business.

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