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Bayesian Methods for Dynamic Multivariate Models

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  • Sims, Christopher A
  • Zha, Tao

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If dynamic multivariate models are to be used to guide decisionmaking, it is important that probability assessments of forecasts or policy projections be provided. When identified Bayesian vector autoregression (VAR) models are presented with error bands in the existing literature, both conceptual and numerical problems have not been dealt with in an internally consistent way. In this paper, the authors develop methods to introduce prior information in both reduced-form and structural VAR models without introducing substantial new computational burdens. Their approach makes it feasible to use a single, large dynamic framework (for example, twenty-variable models) for tasks of policy projections. Copyright 1998 by Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania and the Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association.

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  • Sims, Christopher A & Zha, Tao, 1998. "Bayesian Methods for Dynamic Multivariate Models," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 39(4), pages 949-968, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:ier:iecrev:v:39:y:1998:i:4:p:949-68
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