Exogeneity, Cointegration, and Economic Policy Analysis
40 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 1998
Date Written: June 1998
This overview examines conditions for reliable economic policy analysis based on econometric models, focusing on the econometric concepts of exogeneity, cointegration, causality, and invariance. Weak, strong, and super exogeneity are discussed in general; and these concepts are then applied to the use of econometric models in policy analysis when the variables are cointegrated. Implications follow for model constancy, the Lucas critique, equation inversion, and impulse response analysis. A small money-demand model for the United Kingdom illustrates the main analytical points. This paper then summarizes the other articles in this issue's special section on "Exogeneity, Cointegration, and Economic Policy Analysis."
JEL Classification: C50, E41
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