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Time Varying Dimension Models

  • Joshua C.C. Chan

    (Australian National University)

  • Gary Koop

    ()

    (University of Strathclyde; The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis (RCEA))

  • Roberto Leon-Gonzalez

    (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies; The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis (RCEA))

  • Rodney W. Strachan

    (Australian National University; The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis (RCEA))

Time varying parameter (TVP) models have enjoyed an increasing popularity in empirical macroeconomics. However, TVP models are parameter-rich and risk over-fi?tting unless the dimension of the model is small. Motivated by this worry, this paper proposes several Time Varying dimension (TVD) models where the dimension of the model can change over time, allowing for the model to automatically choose a more parsimonious TVP representation, or to switch between different parsimonious representations. Our TVD models all fall in the category of dynamic mixture models. We discuss the properties of these models and present methods for Bayesian inference. An application involving US inflation forecasting illustrates and compares the different TVD models. We ?find our TVD approaches exhibit better forecasting performance than several standard benchmarks and shrink towards parsimonious speci?cations.

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