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Estimating Nonlinear DSGE Models by the Simulated Method of Moments

  • RUGE-MURCIA, Francisco J.

This paper studies the application of the simulated method of moments (SMM) for the estimation of nonlinear dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (DSGE) models. Monte Carlo analysis is employed to examine the small-sample properties of SMM in specifications with different curvature. Results show that SMM is computationally efficient and delivers accurate estimates, even when the simulated series are relatively short. However, asymptotic standard errors tend to overstate the actual variability of the estimates and, consequently, statistical inference is conservative. A simple strategy to incorporate priors in a method of moments context is proposed. An empirical application to the macroeconomic effects of rare events indicates that negatively skewed productivity shocks induce agents to accumulate additional capital and can endogenously generate asymmetric business cycles.

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Paper provided by Universite de Montreal, Departement de sciences economiques in its series Cahiers de recherche with number 2010-10.

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Length: 59 pages
Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:mtl:montde:2010-10
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