centre for microdata methods and practice

ESRC centre

cemmap is an ESRC research centre


Keep in touch

Subscribe to cemmap news

Robust Bayesian Inference in Proxy SVARs

Authors: Raffaella Giacomini , Toru Kitagawa and Matthew Read
Date: 23 July 2019
Type: cemmap Working Paper, CWP38/19
DOI: 10.1920/wp.cem.2019.3819


We develop methods for robust Bayesian inference in structural vector autoregressions (SVARs) where the impulse responses or forecast error variance decompositions of interest are set-identified using external instruments (or ‘proxy SVARs’). Existing Bayesian approaches to inference in proxy SVARs require researchers to specify a single prior over the model’s parameters. When parameters are set-identified, a component of the prior is never updated by the data. Giacomini and Kitagawa (2018) propose a method for robust Bayesian inference in set-identifed models that delivers inference about the identified set for the parameter of interest. We extend this approach to proxy SVARs, which allows researchers to relax potentially controversial point-identifying restrictions without having to specify an unrevisable prior. We also explore the effect of instrument strength on posterior inference. We illustrate our approach by revisiting Mertens and Ravn (2013) and relaxing the assumption that they impose to obtain point identification.

Download full version

Search cemmap

Search by title, topic or name.

Contact cemmap

Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice

How to find us

Tel: +44 (0)20 7291 4800

E-mail us