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Spatial Vector Autoregressions

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  • Michael Beenstock
  • Daniel Felsenstein

Abstract A spatial vector autoregressive model (SpVAR) is defined as a VAR which includes spatial as well as temporal lags among a vector of stationary state variables. SpVARs may contain disturbances that are spatially as well as temporally correlated. Although the structural parameters are not fully identified in SpVARs, contemporaneous spatial lag coefficients may be identified by weakly exogenous state variables. Dynamic spatial panel data econometrics is used to estimate SpVARs. The incidental parameter problem is handled by bias correction rather than more popular alternatives such as generalised methods of moments (GMM). The interaction between temporal and spatial stationarity is discussed. The impulse responses for SpVARs are derived, which naturally depend upon the temporal and spatial dynamics of the model. We provide an empirical illustration using annual spatial panel data for Israel. The estimated SpVAR is used to calculate impulse responses between variables, over time, and across space. Finally, weakly exogenous instrumental variables are used to identify contemporaneous spatial lag coefficients.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Spatial Economic Analysis.

Volume (Year): 2 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 167-196

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Handle: RePEc:taf:specan:v:2:y:2007:i:2:p:167-196
DOI: 10.1080/17421770701346689
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