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Some Comments on a Macro-Finance Model with Stochastic Volatility


  • Márcio Laurini

    (IBMEC Business School)

  • João Frois Caldeira

    (Departamento de Economia - UFRGS)


This paper assesses the relation between the yield curve and the main macroeconomic variables in the U.S. between early 1970s and 2000. We revisit the macro-finance model of Diebold et al. (2006) with the inclusion of a stochastic volatility structure for the latent factors and macroeconomic variables. The results indicate that the inclusion of stochastic volatilities modifies the patterns of persistence and the impulse response function (IRF), and improves the in-sample fit of the model.

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  • Márcio Laurini & João Frois Caldeira, 2012. "Some Comments on a Macro-Finance Model with Stochastic Volatility," IBMEC RJ Economics Discussion Papers 2012-04, Economics Research Group, IBMEC Business School - Rio de Janeiro.
  • Handle: RePEc:ibr:dpaper:2012-04

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    acro-Finance; Term structure of interest rates; stochastic volatility; MCMC; factor models;

    JEL classification:

    • C53 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Forecasting and Prediction Models; Simulation Methods
    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects
    • G17 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Financial Forecasting and Simulation

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