This paper examines medical inflation forecasting based on a two-step method proposed by Gilbert (2019), whereby the medical inflation rate is forecast via the sum of two terms: a broad inflation published forecast and a historical average of the inflation gap—this being the difference between medical inflation and broad inflation. In a simple forecasting experiment, the two-step method compares favorably to the one-step method of forecasting medical inflation based on its past values alone. Stationarity tests applied to the inflation gap mostly support stationarity, with a possible historical break. The econometric results generally support the use of the two-step method, with a limited historical window for inflation gap averaging, consistent with Gilbert (2019).

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