Identification of MacroeconomicFactors in Large Panels

Lasse Bork, Hans Dewachter, Romain Houssa

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This paper presents a dynamic factor model where the
extracted factors and shocks are given a clear economic interpretation. The
economic interpretation of the \emph{factors} is obtained by means of a set
of over-identifying loading restrictions, while the structural \emph{shocks}
are estimated following standard practices in the SVAR literature.
Estimators based on the EM algorithm are developed. We apply this framework
to a large panel of US monthly macroeconomic series. In particular, we
identify five macroeconomic factors and discuss the economic impact of
monetary policy shocks. The results are theoretically more plausible than
those implied by standard SVAR models and indicate a significant role for
monetary policy shocks in macroeconomic dynamics
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCenter for Research in the Economics of Development, University of Namur
PublisherCenter for Research in the Economics of Development
Number of pages42
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Bibliographical note

Working paper 2010/10, Center for Research in the Economics of Development, University of Namur


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