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Identification of DSGE Models - the Effect of Higher-Order Approximation and Pruning

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Several formal methods have been proposed to check local identification in linearized DSGE models using rank criteria. Recently there has been huge progress in the estimation of non-linear DSGE models, yet formal identification criteria are missing. The contribution of the paper is threefold: First, we extend the existent methods to higher-order approximations and establish rank criteria for local identification given the pruned state-space representation. It is shown that this may improve overall identification of a DSGE model via imposing additional restrictions on the moments and spectrum. Second, we derive analytical derivatives of the reduced-form matrices, unconditional moments and spectral density for the pruned state-space system. Third, using a second-order approximation, we are able to identify previously non-identifiable parameters: namely the parameters governing the investment adjustment costs in the Kim (2003) model and all parameters in the An and Schorfheide (2007) model, including the coeffcients of the Taylor-rule.

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  • Willi Mutschler, 2014. "Identification of DSGE Models - the Effect of Higher-Order Approximation and Pruning," CQE Working Papers 3314, Center for Quantitative Economics (CQE), University of Muenster.
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    1. Sergey Ivashchenko & Willi Mutschler, 2019. "The effect of observables, functional specifications, model features and shocks on identification in linearized DSGE models," CQE Working Papers 8319, Center for Quantitative Economics (CQE), University of Muenster.
    2. Fabio Canova & Filippo Ferroni & Christian Matthes, 2015. "Approximating Time Varying Structural Models With Time Invariant Structures," Working Paper 15-10, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, revised 23 Oct 2015.
    3. Prosper Dovonon & Alastair Hall, 2018. "The Asymptotic Properties of GMM and Indirect Inference under Second-order Identification," CIRANO Working Papers 2018s-37, CIRANO.
    4. Prosper Donovon & Alastair R. Hall, 2017. "The Asymptotic Properties of GMM and Indirect Inference under Second Inference," The School of Economics Discussion Paper Series 1705, Economics, The University of Manchester.
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    6. Mutschler, Willi, 2018. "Higher-order statistics for DSGE models," Econometrics and Statistics, Elsevier, vol. 6(C), pages 44-56.

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    Keywords

    non-linear DSGE; rank condition; analytical derivatives; pruned state-space;

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    • C10 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - General
    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation
    • C52 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection
    • E1 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models

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