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Testing DSGE models by Indirect inference and other methods: some Monte Carlo experiments

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  • Le, Vo Phuong Mai

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    (Cardiff Business School)

  • Meenagh, David

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    (Cardiff Business School)

  • Minford, Patrick

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    (Cardiff Business School)

  • Wickens, Michael

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    (Cardiff Business School)

Abstract

Using Monte Carlo experiments, we examine the performance of Indirect Inference tests of DSGE models, usually versions of the Smets-Wouters New Keynesian model of the US postwar period. We compare these with tests based on direct inference (using the Likelihood Ratio), and on the Del Negro–Schorfheide DSGE–VAR weight. We ?nd that the power of all three tests is substantial so that a false model will tend to be rejected by all three; but that the power of the indirect inference tests are by far the greatest, necessitating re-estimation by indirect inference to ensure that the model is tested in its fullest sense.

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Paper provided by Cardiff University, Cardiff Business School, Economics Section in its series Cardiff Economics Working Papers with number E2012/15.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2012
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Handle: RePEc:cdf:wpaper:2012/15

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Keywords: Bootstrap; DSGE; New Keynesian; New Classical; indirect inference; Wald statistic; likelihood ratio; DSGE-VAR weight;

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  1. Le, Vo Phuong Mai & Meenagh, David & Minford, Patrick, 2012. "What causes banking crises? An empirical investigation," Cardiff Economics Working Papers E2012/14, Cardiff University, Cardiff Business School, Economics Section, revised Apr 2013.
  2. Liu, Chunping & Minford, Patrick, 2012. "Comparing behavioural and rational expectations for the US post-war economy," CEPR Discussion Papers 9132, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  3. Liu, Chunping & Minford, Patrick, 2012. "How important is the credit channel? An empirical study of the US banking crisis," CEPR Discussion Papers 9142, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  4. Fan, Jingwen & Minford, Patrick & Ou, Zhirong, 2013. "The Fiscal Theory of the Price Level - identification and testing for the UK in the 1970s," CEPR Discussion Papers 9763, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

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