In this paper, we write the time-varying parameter regression model involving K explanatory variables and T observations as a constant coefficient regression model with TK explanatory variables. In contrast with much of the existing literature which assumes coefficients to evolve according to a random walk, this specification does not restrict the form that the time-variation in coefficients can take. We develop computationally efficient Bayesian econometric methods based on the singular value decomposition of the TK regressors. In artificial data, we find our methods to be accurate and much faster than standard approaches in terms of computation time. In an empirical exercise involving inflation forecasting using a large number of predictors, we find our methods to forecast better than alternative approaches and document different patterns of parameter change than are found with approaches which assume random walk evolution of parameters.
|Publication status||Published - 23 Oct 2019|
Fields of Science and Technology Classification 2012
- 502 Economics