Small Sample Performance of Indirect Inference on DSGE Models

42 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2015

See all articles by Vo Phuong Mai Le

Vo Phuong Mai Le

Cardiff University - Cardiff Business School

David Meenagh

Cardiff University Business School

Patrick Minford

Cardiff University Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Michael Wickens

University of York; Cardiff Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: February 2015

Abstract

Using Monte Carlo experiments, we examine the performance of indirect inference tests of DSGE models in small samples, using various models in widespread use. We compare these with tests based on direct inference (using the Likelihood Ratio). We find that both tests have power so that a substantially false model will tend to be rejected by both; but that the power of the indirect inference test is by far the greater, necessitating re-estimation to ensure that the model is tested in its fullest sense. We also find that the small-sample bias with indirect estimation is around half of that with maximum likelihood estimation.

Keywords: bootstrap, DSGE, indirect inference, likelihood ratio, new classical, new Keynesian, Wald statistic

JEL Classification: C12, C32, C52, E1

Suggested Citation

Le, Vo Phuong Mai and Meenagh, David and Minford, Patrick and Wickens, Michael, Small Sample Performance of Indirect Inference on DSGE Models (February 2015). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP10382. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2559323

Vo Phuong Mai Le (Contact Author)

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David Meenagh

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Patrick Minford

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Michael Wickens

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Cardiff Business School ( email )

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