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The 'Puzzles' methodology: en route to Indirect Inference?

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We review the methods used in many papers to evaluate DSGE models by comparing their simulated moments with data moments. We compare these with the method of Indirect Inference to which they are closely related. We illustrate the comparison with contrasting assessments of a two-country model in two recent papers. We conclude that Indirect Inference is the proper end point of the puzzles methodology.

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  • Le, Vo Phuong Mai & Minford, Patrick & Wickens, Michael, 2009. "The 'Puzzles' methodology: en route to Indirect Inference?," Cardiff Economics Working Papers E2009/22, Cardiff University, Cardiff Business School, Economics Section.
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    Bootstrap; US-EU model; DSGE; VAR; indirect inference; Wald statistic; anomaly; puzzle;
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    • C12 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Hypothesis Testing: General
    • 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
    • C52 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection
    • E1 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models

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