BVAR models in the context of cointegration: A Monte Carlo experiment
AbstractThe kind of prior typically employed in Bayesian vector autoregression (BVAR) analysis has aroused widespread suspicion about the ability of these models to capture long-run patterns. This paper specifies a bivariate cointegrated stochastic process and conducts a Monte Carlo experiment to assess the small sample performance of two classical and two Bayesian estimation methods commonly applied to VAR models. In addition, a proposal to introduce a new dimension to the prior information in order to allow for explicit account of long-run restrictions is suggested and evaluated in the light of the experiment. The results of the experiment show that: the Minnesota -type prior with hyperparameter search performs well, suggesting that the prevalent suspicion about the inability of this prior to capture long-run patterns is not well-grounded; the fine-tunning of the prior is crucial; and adding long-run restrictions to the prior does not provide improvements in the case analyzed.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Banco de Espa�a in its series Banco de Espa�a Working Papers with number 9405.
Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: 1994
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Bayesian vector autoregression; cointegration; Monte Carlo experiment;
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