What VARs tell us about DSGE models

Fabio Canova, Joaquim P. Pina

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We examine the consequences of extracting structural shocks in VAR models using standard standard inertial restrictions, when the data has been generated by two stochastic dynamic general equilibrium (DSGE) models featuring different types of microfundations and different sources of sluggishness. We find that, in general, misspecification is substantial: short run coefficients often have wrong signs; impulse responses and variance decompositions give misleading representations of the dynamics; inexistent puzzles are created. We show that an omitted variables bias accounts for the results and propose an alternative identification technique which can cope with the inherent underidentification displayed by the DSGE models currently used in macroeconomics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Trends in Macroeconomics
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages36
ISBN (Print)3540214488
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005


  • Monetary Policy
  • Structural VARs
  • General equilibrium
  • Identification


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