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Bayes Estimators of the Cointegration Space

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  • Villani, Mattias

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    (Research Department, Central Bank of Sweden)

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A neglected aspect of the otherwise fairly well developed Bayesian analysis of cointegration is the point estimation of the cointegration space. It is pointed out here that, due to the well known non-identification of the cointegration vectors, the parameter space is not an inner product space and conventional Bayes estimators therefore stand without their usual decision theoretic foundation. We present a Bayes estimator of the cointegration space which takes the curved geometry of the parameter space into account. Contrary to many of the Bayes estimators used in the literature, this estimator is invariant to the ordering of the time series. A dimension invariant overall measure of cointegration space uncertainty is also proposed. A small simulation study shows that the Bayes estimator compares favorably to the maximum likelihood estimator.

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Paper provided by Sveriges Riksbank (Central Bank of Sweden) in its series Working Paper Series with number 150.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 01 Sep 2003
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:rbnkwp:0150

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Keywords: Bayesian inference; Cointegration analysis; Estimation; Grassman manifold; Subspaces.;

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