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Restrictions Search for Panel VARs

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Panel vector autoregressive (PVAR) models can include several countries and variables in one system and thus are well suited for global spillover analyses. However, PVARs require restrictions to ensure the feasibility of the estimation. The present paper uses a selection prior for a data-based restriction search. It introduces the stochastic search variable selection for PVAR models (SSVSP) as an alternative estimation procedure for PVARs. This extends Koop’s and Korobilis’s stochastic search specification selection (S4) to a restriction search on single elements. The SSVSP allows to incorporate dynamic and static interdependencies as well as cross-country heterogeneities. It uses a hierarchical prior to search for data-supported restrictions. The prior differentiates between domestic and foreign variables, thereby allowing a less restrictive panel structure. Absent a matrix structure for restrictions, a Monte Carlo simulation shows that SSVSP outperforms S4. Furthermore, this is validated by performing a forecast exercise for G7 countries.

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  • Schnücker, Annika, 2016. "Restrictions Search for Panel VARs," Annual Conference 2016 (Augsburg): Demographic Change 145566, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
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    • C11 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Bayesian Analysis: General
    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • C52 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection

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