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An Up-to-Date and Improved BVAR Model of the Canadian Economy

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  • Daniel Racette
  • Jacques Raynauld
  • Christian Sigouin

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In this paper, we estimate a fully optimized BVAR model of the Canadian economy for the period 1971-87. The model is well-adapted to the features of a small open economy. We show how it can be used as an input in the monetary policy process either as a forecasting instrument or an analytical tool. In general, forecast results over the 1988-92 period compare well with those of univariate autoregressive models. The results from the variance decomposition exercise show a rather weak influence of monetary aggregates on macroeconomic variables, at least in a short-run context. However, foreign variables, particularly commodity prices, play an important role.

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  • Daniel Racette & Jacques Raynauld & Christian Sigouin, 1995. "An Up-to-Date and Improved BVAR Model of the Canadian Economy," Macroeconomics 9503002, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpma:9503002
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    1. J T Kneeshaw, 1995. "A survey of non-financial sector balance sheets in industialised countries: implications for the monetary policy transmission mechanism," BIS Working Papers 25, Bank for International Settlements.
    2. Patricio Jaramillo, 2009. "Estimación de Var Bayesianos para la Economía Chilena," Revista de Analisis Economico – Economic Analysis Review, Ilades-Georgetown University, Universidad Alberto Hurtado/School of Economics and Bussines, vol. 24(1), pages 101-126, Junio.

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