VAR meets DSGE : Uncovering the Monetary Transmission Mechanism in Low-Income Countries

Author/Editor:

Bin Grace Li ; Stephen A. O'Connell ; Christopher S Adam ; Andrew Berg ; Peter J Montiel

Publication Date:

April 11, 2016

Electronic Access:

Download PDF. Use the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this PDF file

Disclaimer: This Working Paper should not be reported as representing the views of the IMF.The views expressed in this Working Paper are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the IMF or IMF policy. Working Papers describe research in progress by the author(s) and are published to elicit comments and to further debate

Summary:

VAR methods suggest that the monetary transmission mechanism may be weak and unreliable in low-income countries (LICs). But are structural VARs identified via short-run restrictions capable of detecting a transmission mechanism when one exists, under research conditions typical of these countries? Using small DSGEs as data-generating processes, we assess the impact on VAR-based inference of short data samples, measurement error, high-frequency supply shocks, and other features of the LIC environment. The impact of these features on finite-sample bias appears to be relatively modest when identification is valid—a strong caveat, especially in LICs. However, many of these features undermine the precision of estimated impulse responses to monetary policy shocks, and cumulatively they suggest that “insignificant” results can be expected even when the underlying transmission mechanism is strong.

Series:

Working Paper No. 16/90

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

April 11, 2016

ISBN/ISSN:

9781484324752/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2016090

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

45

Please address any questions about this title to publications@imf.org