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Measurement with Some Theory: a New Approach to Evaluate Business Cycle Models (with appendices)

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  • Fabio Canova
  • Matthias Paustian

Abstract

We propose a method to evaluate cyclical models which does not require knowledge of the DGP and the exact specification of the aggregate decision rules. We derive robust restrictions in a class of models; use some to identify structural shocks in the data and others to evaluate the class or contrast sub-models. The approach has good properties, even in small samples and when the likelihood is misspecified. We showhow to sort out the relevance of a certain friction (the presence of rule-of-thumb consumers) in a standard class of models.

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  • Fabio Canova & Matthias Paustian, 2010. "Measurement with Some Theory: a New Approach to Evaluate Business Cycle Models (with appendices)," Working Papers 511, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:bge:wpaper:511
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    1. Hristov, Nikolay & Hülsewig, Oliver & Wollmershäuser, Timo, 2014. "The interest rate pass-through in the Euro area during the global financial crisis," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 48(C), pages 104-119.
    2. Schenkelberg, Heike & Watzka, Sebastian, 2013. "Real effects of quantitative easing at the zero lower bound: Structural VAR-based evidence from Japan," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 33(C), pages 327-357.
    3. Valcarcel, Victor J. & Wohar, Mark E., 2013. "Changes in the oil price-inflation pass-through," Journal of Economics and Business, Elsevier, vol. 68(C), pages 24-42.

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    Keywords

    sign restrictions; shock identification; model validation; misspecification;

    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • C32 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes; State Space Models

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