Identifying Restrictions for Finite Parameter Continuous Time Models with Discrete Time Data
17 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2013 Last revised: 30 Sep 2015
Date Written: September 19, 2015
This paper revisits the question of parameter identification when a linear continuous time model is sampled only at equispaced points in time. Following the framework and assumptions of Phillips (1973), we consider models characterized by first-order, linear systems of stochastic differential equations and use a priori restrictions on the model parameters as identifying restrictions. A practical rank condition is derived to test whether any particular collection of at least floor(n/2) general linear restrictions on the parameter matrix is sufficient for identification. We then consider extensions to incorporate prior restrictions on the covariance matrix of the disturbances, to identify the covariance matrix itself, and to address identification in models with cointegration.
Keywords: Stochastic differential equations, identification, continuous time, vector autoregression, matrix exponential, matrix logarithm.
JEL Classification: C32, C51
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