Staff Report 243

Dynamic Equilibrium Economies: A Framework for Comparing Models and Data

Lee E. Ohanian | Consultant
Francis X. Diebold
Jeremy Berkowitz

Published January 1, 1998

We propose a constructive, multivariate framework for assessing agreement between (generally misspecified) dynamic equilibrium models and data, a framework which enables a complete second-order comparison of the dynamic properties of models and data. We use bootstrap algorithms to evaluate the significance of deviations between models and data, and we use goodness-of-fit criteria to produce estimators that optimize economically relevant loss functions. We provide a detailed illustrative application to modeling the U.S. cattle cycle.

Published In: Review of Economic Studies (Vol. 65, No. 3, July 1998, pp. 433-451)

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