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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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.

Choose a starting value, 0 O. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. In particular, since a marginal density can be obtained from a joint density through integration see Appendix Bwe can write: In the garry empirical illustration in Section 4.

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This is one of the chief advantages of the Bayesian approach. The name given to a distribution such as this which is a product of a Gamma and a conditional Normal is the Normal-Gamma. This can be seen most simply by considering the steps above. Assuming a prior odds ratio equal to one, 2.

This strategy will work for any choice of blocking. You would, of course, never expect a point estimate like a posterior mean econmoetrics an OLS quantity to be pre- cisely equal to the true value. Stu- dents bayfsian find a previous undergraduate course in probability and statistics useful; however Appendix B offers a brief introduction to these topics for those without the prerequisite background.

The previous MCMC diagnostics are likely to be quite informative in assess- ing whether your Gibbs sampler is working well and whether you have taken a sufficiently large number of replications to achieve your desired degree of accu- racy.


These few pages have outlined all the basic theoretical concepts required for the Bayesian to learn about parameters, compare models and predict. At this point, a word of warning is called for. Hence, by doing importance sampling and keeping a record of how may draws are kept and how many are discarded i. As we shall see in the next chapter, posterior odds ratios also contain a reward for parsimony in economeetrics, all else being equal, posterior odds favor the model with fewer parameters.

All results can be used to shed light on the question of whether an individual regression coefficient is equal to zero. In this book, we do not discuss these concepts of asymptotic distribution theory in any detail.

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Repeat Exercise 8 b using Monte Carlo integration for various values of S. Posterior properties based on the noninformative prior reflect only likelihood function information and economrtrics equivalent to frequentist OFS quantities see 2. See and discover other items: In most cases, it is not possible to work with all these building blocks analytically.

In general, the posterior for f ft will not lie in the class of densities with well- known analytical properties. An Overview of Bayesian Econometrics 7 you can sit down with pen and paper and work out the integrals. After all, once a particular blocking is chosen, Gibbs sampling simply involves drawing from the conditional posteriors and monitoring convergence.

Note, however, that this intuition is not guaranteed to hold in every case since, if prior and data information kooop greatly different from one another, then 2.

Since, for these coefficients, the pos- terior means are not that far from fij relative to posterior standard deviationsthe evidence of the posterior odds ratios is sensible. Devroye provides a detailed discussion of pseudo-random number generation.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. First, a prior sensitivity analysis can be carried out. The restriction fh — yf?


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The reader who is unfamiliar with matrix algebra should read this appendix before reading this chapter. If you are using an informative prior, such a strategy will approximate your posterior a bit better. Direct calculation of the marginal likelihood is not required. This uncertainty is reflected in the posterior odds ratio, which indicates that the restricted model is 0.

The ideas in this section have all been developed for the case of two models but can be extended to the case of many models in a straightforward way see the discussion after 1. The purpose of this question is to learn about the properties of the Gibbs sampler in a very simple case. In either case, there is a substantial probability that you are choosing the wrong model.

This Page Intentionally Left Blank 2: As in the previous chapter, 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 bathrooms and one storey.

We have stressed that the ability to put all the general theory in one chapter, involving only basic concepts in probability, is an enormous advantage of the Bayesian approach. This density is referred to as an importance function.

Hence, if we were to use the model selection strategy outlined in Section 3. We do this partly since the natural conjugate prior may not accurately reflect the prior information of a researcher in a particular application.

The Nonlinear Regression Model. An Overview of Bayesian Econometrics 13 1. In this section, we consider two sorts of model comparison exercise.