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Identification of Macroeconomic Factors in Large Panels

  • Lasse Bork


    (Finance Research Group, Aarhus School of Business, University of Aarhus and CREATES)

  • Hans Dewachter

    (CES, University of Leuven, RSM Rotterdam and CESIFO.)

  • Romain Houssa


    (CRED and CEREFIM, University of Namur, CES, University of Leuven)

This paper presents a dynamic factor model in which the extracted factors and shocks are given a clear economic interpretation. The economic interpretation of the factors is obtained by means of a set of over-identifying loading restrictions, while the structural shocks are estimated following standard practices in the SVAR literature. Estimators based on the EM algorithm are developped. We apply this framework to a large panel of US monthly macroeconomic series. In particular, we identify nine macroeconomic factors and discuss the economic impact of monetary policy stocks. The results are theoretically plausible and in line with other findings in the literature.

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Paper provided by School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus in its series CREATES Research Papers with number 2009-43.

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