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Conditional Forecasts In Dynamic Multivariate Models

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  • Daniel F. Waggoner
  • Tao Zha

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In the existing literature, conditional forecasts in the vector autoregressive (VAR) framework have not been commonly presented with probability distributions. This paper develops Bayesian methods for computing the exact finite-sample distribution of conditional forecasts. It broadens the class of conditional forecasts to which the methods can be applied. The methods work for both structural and reduced-form VAR models and, in contrast to common practices, account for parameter uncertainty in finite samples. Empirical examples under both a flat prior and a reference prior are provided to show the use of these methods. © 2000 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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  • Daniel F. Waggoner & Tao Zha, 1999. "Conditional Forecasts In Dynamic Multivariate Models," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 81(4), pages 639-651, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:81:y:1999:i:4:p:639-651
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