Identification of Macroeconomic Factors in Large Panels

43 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2009

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Lasse Bork

Aalborg University - Department of Business and Management

Hans Dewachter

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) - Department of Economics; Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

Romain Houssa

CRED & CEREFIM, University of Namur

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Date Written: September 2009

Abstract

This paper presents a dynamic factor model in which the extracted factors and shocks are given a clear economic interpretation. The economic interpretation of the factors is obtained by means of a set of over-identifying loading restrictions, while the structural shocks are estimated following standard practices in the SVAR literature. Estimators based on the EM algorithm are developped. We apply this framework to a large panel of US monthly macroeconomic series. In particular, we identify nine macroeconomic factors and discuss the economic impact of monetary policy stocks. The results are theoretically plausible and in line with other findings in the literature.

Keywords: Monetary policy, Business Cycles, Factor Models, EM Algorithm

JEL Classification: E3, E43, C51, E52, C33

Suggested Citation

Bork, Lasse and Dewachter, Hans and Houssa, Romain, Identification of Macroeconomic Factors in Large Panels (September 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1509877 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1509877

Lasse Bork

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Hans Dewachter

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) - Department of Economics ( email )

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Romain Houssa (Contact Author)

CRED & CEREFIM, University of Namur ( email )

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Belgium

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