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YADA is program for conducting Bayesian estimation and evaluation of Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium (DSGE) and Vector AutoRegressive (VAR) models. It is developed by the New Area-Wide Model (NAWM) team at the Monetary Policy Research Division (formerly the Econometric Modelling Division) within the Directorate General Research of the European Central Bank (ECB). Unlike other DSGE estimation applications, such as Dynare, YADA is a GUI-based program.

To take a tour of YADA I warmly recommend that you check out the YADA online help. Among other things, you can look at a large number of screenshots.

NOTE: The minimum system requirements for running YADA are:

  • MS-Windows operating system with Matlab version 5.3 or later. For Matlab versions prior to 7, make sure that it is permitted to run the file aimparser.exe, located in the bin directory of YADA; or
  • UNIX or Macintosh OS X with Matlab version 7 or later.

YADA is licensed under the GNU General Public License and is copyright © 2006-2017 European Central Bank.

YADA is distributed with nine examples that allow you to start playing with DSGE models directly. The examples are given by the models studied by:

  1. An, S. and Schorfheide, F. (2007), "Bayesian Analysis of DSGE Models", Econometric Reviews, 26, 113-172.
  2. Lubik, T.A. and Schorfheide, F. (2007), "Do Central Banks Respond to Exchange Rate Movements? A Structural Investigation", Journal of Monetary Economics, 54, 1069-1087.
  3. Smets, F. and Wouters, R. (2007), "Shocks and Frictions in US Business Cycles: A Bayesian DSGE Approach", American Economic Review, 97, 586-606.
  4. Fagan, G., Lothian, J.R., and McNelis, P. (2013), "Was the Gold Standard Really Destabilizing" Journal of Applied Econometrics, 28, 231-249.
  5. GalÝ, J., Smets, F., and Wouters, R. (2012), "Unemployment in an Estimated New Keynesian Model", in D. Acemoglu and M. Woodford (Editors), NBER Macroeconomics Annual 2011, 329-360, University of Chicago Press. The euro area version of this model from Smets, Warne and Wouters (2014) is included in the YADA distribution.
  6. Del Negro, M. and Schorfheide, F. (2013), "DSGE Model-Based Forecasting":, in G. Elliott and A. Timmermann (Editors), Handbook of Economic Forecasting, volume 2, 57-140, North Holland: Amsterdam.
  7. Small-scale version of the Smets and Wouters (2007) model in Del Negro and Schorfheide (2013). Actual US data is included.
  8. Herbst, E. and F. Schorfheide (2016), Bayesian Estimation of DSGE Models, Manuscript, Princeton University Press: Princeton. More information about the book is available from Frank Schorfheide's homepage. The YADA-based model is the same as the in An and Schorfheide example, but here it has actual US data available online from FRED at the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis. The construction of the data is described in Appendix B of the book by Herbst and Schorfheide.
  9. Leeper, E.M., Plante, M., and Traum, N. (2010), "Dynamics of Fiscal Financing in the United States", Journal of Econometrics, 156, 304-321.

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Last Updated: April 25, 2017

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