[R-SIG-Finance] [R-sig-finance] practicability of variance decomposition

Eric Zivot ezivot at u.washington.edu
Thu Jul 16 19:55:26 CEST 2009

The usefulness of variance decompositions is described in several time series books - Lutkepohl, enders, etc. Favero's applied macroeconometrics book is also very good in this regard. The idea is to see what are the sources of forecast errors. If you are predicting real GDP from a SVAR with 5 variables and 5 identified orthogonal "shocks" then the FEVD tells you which variable is contributing most to the forecast error. Lutkephoh also shows very clearly that the FEVD gives the same information as the impulse response functions but it a different way. FEVD are not particularly useful outside of an identified SVAR because the decomposition of variance only has interpretable meaning when the shocks are uncorrelated.

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On Thu, 16 Jul 2009, RON70 wrote:

> Hi all, in multi-variate TS literature, in terms of VAR, VECM etc, I see lot
> of stuffs on Variance decomposition, however could not figure out what is
> the practical use of that? What practical question it answers? Any idea?
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