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Testing Heterogeneity within the Euro Area Using a Structural Multi-Country Model

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  • Eric Jondeau

    () (HEC Lausanne and FAME)

  • Jean-Guillaume Sahuc

    () (Banque de France and EPEE, University of Evry)

Abstract

In this paper, we investigate the sources of heterogeneity within the euro area. For this purpose, we build an optimization-based multi-country model (MCM) that allows different sources of heterogeneity across countries, both in terms of behavior of economic agents and in terms of asymmetry of shocks. Using Bayesian techniques, we estimate the MCM and several constrained versions of this model. We then test different sources of heterogeneity within the euro area. We show that the main source is the asymmetry of shocks affecting the different economies. In contrast, the heterogeneity of behaviors does not seem to be of empirical relevance for the euro area.

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  • Eric Jondeau & Jean-Guillaume Sahuc, 2005. "Testing Heterogeneity within the Euro Area Using a Structural Multi-Country Model," Documents de recherche 05-06, Centre d'Études des Politiques Économiques (EPEE), Université d'Evry Val d'Essonne.
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    1. Eric Jondeau & Jean-Guillaume Sahuc, 2008. "Optimal Monetary Policy in an Estimated DSGE Model of the Euro Area with Cross-Country Heterogeneity," International Journal of Central Banking, International Journal of Central Banking, vol. 4(2), pages 23-72, June.

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    Keywords

    Euro area; heterogeneity; Bayesian econometrics; multi-country model;

    JEL classification:

    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation
    • C52 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics

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