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Panel Index VAR Models: Specification, Estimation, Testing and Leading Indicators

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  • Canova, Fabio
  • Ciccarelli, Matteo

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This Paper proposes a method to conduct inference in panel VAR models with cross-unit interdependencies and time variations in the coefficients. The set-up used is Bayesian, and Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods are used to estimate the posterior distribution of the features of interest. The model is re-parameterized to resemble an observable index model and specification searches are discussed. The approach can be used to construct multi-unit forecasts, leading indicators and to conduct policy analysis in multi-unit set-ups. The methodology is employed to construct leading indicators for inflation and GDP growth in the euro area.

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  • Canova, Fabio & Ciccarelli, Matteo, 2003. "Panel Index VAR Models: Specification, Estimation, Testing and Leading Indicators," CEPR Discussion Papers 4033, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    bayesian methods; leading indicators; markov chain monte carlo methods; panel var;
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    JEL classification:

    • C30 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - General
    • E50 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - General

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