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The small sample properties of Indirect Inference in testing and estimating DSGE models

David Meenagh, A. Patrick Minford, Michael Wickens and Yongdeng Xu ()

No E2018/7, Cardiff Economics Working Papers from Cardiff University, Cardiff Business School, Economics Section

Abstract: Indirect inference testing can be carried out with a variety of auxiliary models. Asymptotically these different models make no difference. However, the small sample properties can differ. We explore small sample power and estimation bias both with different variable combinations and descriptive models (Vector Auto Regressions, Impulse Response Functions or Moments) in the auxiliary model. We find that both power and bias are similar when the number of variables used is the same. Raising the number of variables lowers the bias but may also raise the power unacceptably because it lowers the chances of finding a tractable model to pass the test.

Keywords: Indirect Inference; DGSE model; Auxiliary Models; Simulated Moments Method; Impulse Response Functions; VAR; Moments; power; bias (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C12 C32 C52 E1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dge, nep-ets and nep-mac
Date: 2018-03
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