Analysing DSGE Models with Global Sensitivity Analysis


We present computational tools to analyse some key properties of DSGE models and address the following questions: (i) Which is the domain of structural coefficients assuring the stability and determinacy of a DSGE model? (ii) Which parameters mostly drive the fit of, e.g., GDP and which the fit of inflation? Is there any conflict between the optimal fit of one observed series versus another one? (iii) How to represent in a direct, albeit approximated, form the relationship between structural parameters and the reduced form of a rational expectations model? Global sensitivity analysis (GSA) techniques are used to answer these questions. We will discuss two classes of methods: Monte Carlo filtering (MCF) techniques and functional/variance decomposition techniques. These tools can make the model properties more transparent; helping the analyst to identify critical elements in the specification and, if necessary, guiding her to revise the model; supporting calibration and estimation procedures and interpreting estimation results. Applications to small DSGE models will complete the description of the methodologies.

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Ratto, M. Analysing DSGE Models with Global Sensitivity Analysis. Comput Econ 31, 115–139 (2008).

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  • Stability mapping
  • Reduced form solution
  • DSGE models
  • Monte Carlo filtering
  • Global sensitivity analysis
  • High dimensional model representation

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  • C60
  • C62
  • C63