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Beyond the DSGE Straitjacket

  • Pesaran, M. Hashem


    (University of Cambridge)

  • Smith, Ron P.


    (Birkbeck College, University of London)

Academic macroeconomics and the research department of central banks have come to be dominated by Dynamic, Stochastic, General Equilibrium (DSGE) models based on micro-foundations of optimising representative agents with rational expectations. We argue that the dominance of this particular sort of DSGE and the resistance of some in the profession to alternatives has become a straitjacket that restricts empirical and theoretical experimentation and inhibits innovation and that the profession should embrace a more flexible approach to macroeconometric modelling. We describe one possible approach.

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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2011
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