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Large Time-Varying Parameter VARs

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  • Gary Koop

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    (University of Strathclyde, UK; The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis (RCEA), Italy)

  • Dimitris Korobilis

    (University of Glasgow, UK; The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis (RCEA), Italy)

Abstract

In this paper we develop methods for estimation and forecasting in large time-varying parameter vector autoregressive models (TVP-VARs). To overcome computational constraints with likelihood-based estimation of large systems, we rely on Kalman filter estimation with forgetting factors. We also draw on ideas from the dynamic model averaging literature and extend the TVP-VAR so that its dimension can change over time. A final extension lies in the development of a new method for estimating, in a time-varying manner, the parameter(s) of the shrinkage priors commonly-used with large VARs. These extensions are operationalized through the use of forgetting factor methods and are, thus, computationally simple. An empirical application involving forecasting inflation, real output, and interest rates demonstrates the feasibility and usefulness of our approach.

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Paper provided by The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis in its series Working Paper Series with number 11_12.

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Keywords: Bayesian VAR; forecasting; time-varying coefficients; state-space model;

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