Gary Koop This Page Intentionally Left Blank Bayesian Econometrics Gary Koop To Lise Contents Preface xiii 1 An Overview of Bayesian Econometrics 1 For instance, Arnold Zellner’s seminal Bayesian econometrics book ( Zellner. Bayesian Econometrics introduces the reader to the use of Bayesian methods in the field of Gary Koop is Professor of Economics at the University of Glasgow. A working paper which describes a package of computer code for Bayesian VARs The BEAR Toolbox by Alistair Dieppe, Romain Legrand and Bjorn van Roye.

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The researcher might use either of these predictive densities to present informa- tion to a client wishing to sell a house with the characteristics listed above. In fact, the t distribution with v — 1 is the Cauchy, a distribution with such fat tails that its mean is infinite even though its median and mode are finite.

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For the parameters of this model, p and h. These properties mean that the prior information can be interpreted in the same way as likelihood function informa- tion. Let y be a vector or matrix of economtrics and 9 be a vector or matrix which contains the parameters for a model which seeks econometircs explain y.

The approximation arises since a histogram Figure 4. Hence, the variance calculated across the sequences should be not be too large relative to the variance within a sequence. Note, first, that the results the Bayesian econometri- cian would wish to report all can be written out analytically, and do not involve integration. To illustrate how prediction can be done using the Normal linear regression model, we consider the case where the researcher is interested in predicting the sales price of a house with a lot size of square feet, two bedrooms, two Linear Regression Model with Many Variables 53 bathrooms and one storey.

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However, in general, we must use the computer to calculate 1. It is meant to be for people with little or no prior exposure to statistics, but I believe you may suffer a bit if you approach it from that point. For the reader who knows time series methods, S’fO is the spectral density of the sequence 9 1 ‘- 1 for. In the case of Monte Carlo integration, we showed see 3.


Indeed, at an informal level, the intuition for how the posterior combines data and prior infor- mation is quite similar. Large values of CD indicate gs A and gs c are quite different from one another and, hence, that you have not taken enough replications. For more general inequality restrictions, the method outlined in the previous paragraph can be used.

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These models differ in their explanatory variables. The myriad of possible priors and likelihoods make it difficult to construct a Bayesian computer package that can be used widely.

Remember that these have a sensi- ble, but ad hoc, justification even when a noninformative prior is used. Of course, we know koo first model is the correct one and, hence, we would expect the posterior odds ratio kooo indicate this. Does the convergence diagnos- tic accurately indicate when convergence of the Gibbs sampler has been achieved?

The key point to stress here is that an estimate of a 2 is available and can be calculated using the baesian programs discussed above. See and discover other items: Furthermore, since the marginal posterior for ft is a multivariate t distribution, linear combinations of ft are also multivariate t see Appendix B, Theorem B. In the standard Normal example, [—1. That is, it is easier to understand or motivate derivations or results in matrix form if you first understand them without matrix algebra.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Future chapters go through particular models, and show precisely how these abstract concepts become concrete in practical contexts. Very clear exposition of Bayesian econometrics. All of the things that an econometrician would wish to do, such as estimate the parameters of a model, compare different models or obtain predictions from a model, involve the same rules of probability.

The model comparison information in Table 4. Using the definition of the multivariate Normal density, we can write the likelihood function as: The two models compared here have the same number of parameters i.


Using the notation of Appendix B, Dehnition B. Topics covered in the book include the regression model and variants applicable for use with panel datatime series models, models for qualitative or censored data, nonparametric methods and Bayesian model averaging. As described above see the discussion after 4.

State Space Models 8. If you use these programs or create your own programsyou should be able to exactly reproduce all tables up to and including Table 3. It is hoped that, by introducing them in the context of the familiar Normal linear regression model, the basic concepts will become clear.

Note that this example like most in economics involves many explanatory variables and, hence, we have many parameters.

Remember that, with the natural conjugate prior, we obtained a Normal-Gamma posterior for p and h see 3. Alterna- tively, we can reverse the roles of A and B and find an expression for the joint probability of A and B: If interest focuses Linear Regression Model with a Single Variable 27 on predicting the wage of a new worker, we would have to know her years of education in order to form a meaningful prediction.

The fact that the natural conjugate prior implies prior information enters in the same manner as data information helps with prior elicitation. However, many models do not allow for such specialized methods to be used and it is important to develop generic methods which can be used in any model. Chib and Greenberg is an excellent introduction to the Metropo- lis-Hastings algorithm and includes a derivation of the acceptance probability which ensures that the Metropolis-Hastings algorithm converges to the poste- rior.

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