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Title: Construction manpower demand forecasting
Authors: Wong, JMW
Chan, APC 
Chiang, YH 
Keywords: Forecasting
Box Jenkins
Error handling
Multiple regression analysis
Manpower planning
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Source: Engineering, construction and architectural management, 2011, v. 18, no. 1, p. 7-29 How to cite?
Journal: Engineering, construction and architectural management 
Abstract: Purpose– The purpose of this paper is to examine the performance of the vector error‐correction (VEC) econometric modelling technique in predicting short‐ to medium‐term construction manpower demand.
Design/methodology/approach– The VEC modelling technique is evaluated with two conventional forecasting methods: the Box‐Jenkins approach and the multiple regression analysis, based on the forecasting accuracy on construction manpower demand.
Findings– While the forecasting reliability of the VEC modelling technique is slightly inferior to the multiple log‐linear regression analysis in terms of forecasting accuracy, the error correction econometric modelling technique outperformed the Box‐Jenkins approach. The VEC and the multiple linear regression analysis in forecasting can better capture the causal relationship between the construction manpower demand and the associated factors.
Practical implications– Accurate predictions of the level of manpower demand are important for the formulation of successful policy to minimise possible future skill mismatch.
Originality/value– The accuracy of econometric modelling technique has not been evaluated empirically in construction manpower forecasting. This paper unveils the predictability of the prevailing manpower demand forecasting modelling techniques. Additionally, economic indicators that are significantly related to construction manpower demand are identified to facilitate human resource planning, and policy simulation and formulation in construction.
ISSN: 0969-9988
EISSN: 1365-232X
DOI: 10.1108/09699981111098667
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