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Models with Time-varying Mean and Variance: A Robust Analysis of U.S. Industrial Production


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  • Charles S. Bos

    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Siem Jan Koopman

    (VU University Amsterdam)


Many seasonal macroeconomic time series are subject to changes in their means and variances over a long time horizon. In this paper we propose a general treatment for the modelling of time-varying features in economic time series. We show that time series models with mean and variance functions depending on dynamic stochastic processes can be sufficiently robust against changes in their dynamic properties. We further show that the implementation of the treatment is relatively straightforward. An illustration is given for monthly U.S. Industrial Production. The empirical results including estimates of time-varying means and variances are discussed in detail.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 10-017/4.

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Date of creation: 03 Feb 2010
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20100017

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Keywords: Common stochastic variance; Kalman filter; State space model; unobserved components time series model;

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