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Labor-Market Heterogeneity, Aggregation, and the Policy-(In)variance of DSGE Model Parameters

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  • Yongsung Chang

    (University of Rochester, Yonsei University)

  • Sun-Bin Kim

    (Yonsei University)

  • Frank Schorfheide

    (University of Pennsylvania CEPR and NBER)

Abstract

Data from a heterogeneous-agents economy with incomplete asset markets and indivisible labor supply are simulated under various scal policy regimes and an approximating representative-agent model is estimated. Preference and technology parameter estimates of the representative-agent model are not invariant to policy changes and the bias in the representative-agent model's policy predictions is large compared to predictive intervals that re ect parameter uncertainty. Since it is not always feasible to account for heterogeneity explicitly, it is important to recognize the possibility that the parameters of a highly aggregated model may not be invariant with respect to policy changes.

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  • Yongsung Chang & Sun-Bin Kim & Frank Schorfheide, 2012. "Labor-Market Heterogeneity, Aggregation, and the Policy-(In)variance of DSGE Model Parameters," Working papers 2012rwp-51, Yonsei University, Yonsei Economics Research Institute.
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    Keywords

    Aggregation; DSGE Models; Fiscal Policy; Heterogeneous-Agents Economy; Policy Predictions; Representative-Agent Models;

    JEL classification:

    • C11 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Bayesian Analysis: General
    • 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
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy

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