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Business cycle measurement with some theory

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  • Fabio Canova
  • Matthias Paustian

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A method to evaluate cyclical models not requiring knowledge of the DGP and the exact specification of the aggregate decision rules is proposed. We derive robust restrictions in a class of models; use some to identify structural shocks in the data and others to evaluate the class or contrast sub-models. The approach has good properties, even in small samples, and when the class of models is misspecified. The method is used to sort out the relevance of a certain friction (the presence of rule-of-thumb consumers) in a standard class of models.

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  • Fabio Canova & Matthias Paustian, 2007. "Business cycle measurement with some theory," Economics Working Papers 1203, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, revised Jul 2011.
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    Keywords

    Sign restrictions; shock identification; model validation; misspecification.;
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    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • C32 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes; State Space Models

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