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Identifying News Shocks from SVARs

  • Féve, Patrick
  • Jidoud, Ahmat

This paper investigates the reliability of SVARs in identifying the dynamic effects of news shocks. Using a simple but insightful model with a non-fundamental representation, we show analytically under which conditions SVARs are likely to be successful at identifying news shocks. We find that the dynamic responses to news shocks identified using a short-run restriction are biased. However, this bias is smaller if news shocks account for most of the variability of the endogenous variable and the economy exhibits strong forward-looking behavior. Our simulation experiments confirm this finding and further suggest that the number of lags in the VAR and the anticipation horizon are key ingredients for the success of the VAR setup.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Macroeconomics.

Volume (Year): 34 (2012)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 919-932

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jmacro:v:34:y:2012:i:4:p:919-932
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