Estimating Dynamic Equilibrium Models using Macro and Financial Data
Bent Jesper Christensen
University of Aarhus - Department of Economics; University of Aarhus - CREATES; University of Aarhus - School of Economics and Management
Universität Hamburg, Department of Economics; CREATES
Michel Van der Wel
Erasmus University Rotterdam; CREATES; ERIM; Tinbergen Institute
June 9, 2011
We show that including financial market data at daily frequency, along with macro series at standard lower frequency, facilitates statistical inference on structural parameters in dynamic equilibrium models. Our continuous-time formulation conveniently accounts for the difference in observation frequency. We suggest two approaches for the estimation of structural parameters. The first is a simple regression-based procedure for estimation of the reduced-form parameters of the model, combined with a minimum-distance method for identifying the structural parameters. The second approach uses martingale estimating functions to estimate the structural parameters directly through a non-linear optimization scheme. We illustrate both approaches by estimating the stochastic AK model with mean-reverting spot interest rates. We also provide Monte Carlo evidence on the small sample behavior of the estimators and estimate the model using 20 years of U.S. macro and financial data.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 43
Keywords: Structural estimation, AK-Vasicek model, Martingale estimating function
JEL Classification: C13, E32, O40working papers series
Date posted: March 13, 2011 ; Last revised: June 12, 2011
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