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Frequentist inference in weakly identified DSGE models
Pablo Guerron-Quintana
Atsushi Inoue
Lutz Kilian
Abstract

The authors show that in weakly identified models (1) the posterior mode will not be a consistent estimator of the true parameter vector, (2) the posterior distribution will not be Gaussian even asymptotically, and (3) Bayesian credible sets and frequentist confidence sets will not coincide asymptotically. This means that Bayesian DSGE estimation should not be interpreted merely as a convenient device for obtaining asymptotically valid point estimates and confidence sets from the posterior distribution. As an alternative, the authors develop a new class of frequentist confidence sets for structural DSGE model parameters that remains asymptotically valid regardless of the strength of the identification. The proposed set correctly reflects the uncertainty about the structural parameters even when the likelihood is flat, it protects the researcher from spurious inference, and it is asymptotically invariant to the prior in the case of weak identification.


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Pablo Guerron-Quintana & Atsushi Inoue & Lutz Kilian, Frequentist inference in weakly identified DSGE models, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Working Papers 09-13, 2009.
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Keywords: Stochastic analysis ; Macroeconomics - Econometric models
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