About Local Projection Impulse Response Function Reliability (2018)

Luca Brugnolini


I compare the performance of the vector autoregressive (VAR) model impulse response function estimator with the Jordà (2005) local projection (LP) methodology. In a Monte Carlo experiment, I demonstrate that when the data generating process is a well-specified VAR, the standard impulse response function estimator is the best option. However, when the sample size is small, and the model lag-length is misspecified, I prove that the local projection estimator is a competitive alternative. Finally, I show how to improve the local projection performance by fixing the lag-length at each horizon.

CEIS (Tor Vergata) Research Paper Series, Vol.16, Issue 6, No. 440