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Structural VARs, Deterministic and Stochastic Trends: Does Detrending Matter?

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  • Varang Wiriyawit
  • Benjamin Wong

We highlight how detrending within Structural Vector Autoregressions (SVAR) is directly linked to the shock identification. Consequences of trend misspecification are investigated using a prototypical Real Business Cycle model as the Data Generating Process. Decomposing the different sources of biases in the estimated impulse response functions, we find the biases arising directly from trend misspecification are not trivial when compared to other widely studied misspecifications. Our example also illustrates how misspecifying the trend can also distort impulse response functions of even the correctly detrended variable within the SVAR system.

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Paper provided by Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University in its series CAMA Working Papers with number 2014-46.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2014
Handle: RePEc:een:camaaa:2014-46
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