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Choosing The Variables To Estimate Singular Dsge Models

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  • Fabio Canova
  • Filippo Ferroni
  • Christian Matthes

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We propose two methods to choose the variables to be used in the estimation of the structural parameters of a singular DSGE model. The first selects the vector of observables that optimizes parameter identification; the second the vector that minimizes the informational discrepancy between the singular and non-singular model. An application to a standard model is discussed and the estimation properties of different setups compared. Practical suggestions for applied researchers are provided.
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  • Fabio Canova & Filippo Ferroni & Christian Matthes, 2014. "Choosing The Variables To Estimate Singular Dsge Models," Journal of Applied Econometrics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 29(7), pages 1099-1117, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:japmet:v:29:y:2014:i:7:p:1099-1117
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    • C10 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - General
    • E27 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Forecasting and Simulation: Models and Applications
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles

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