Norges Bank


Norges Bank is proud to host the fourth annual ESOBE Meeting on August 22 and 23, 2013.

ESOBE stands for European Seminar on Bayesian Econometrics, which is intended as a discussion forum for novel and recent research in a wide range of topics in the field of Bayesian Econometrics. For information see

Chris Sims


Thursday 22 August

09:00-09:15 Opening, Jan F. Qvigstad (Norges Bank)

09:15-10:15 Keynote Lecture, Chris Sims (Princeton University): Using Financial Data in Macroeconomic Models

10:15-10:45 Coffee Break

10:45-12:15 Session 1, Chair: Farooq Akram (Norges Bank)

Frank Schorfheide (University of Pennsylvania): "Sequential Monte Carlo Sampling for DSGE Models"

Herman K. van Dijk (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Tinbergen Institute, Vrije University Amsterdam): "Parallel Sequential Monte Carlo for Efficient Density Combination using Nonlinear Filtering: Experiments with the MatLab Toolbox DeCo"

12:15-14:00 Lunch and Poster Session

14:00-15:30 Session 2, Chair: Hilde Bjørnland (BI Norwegian Business School and Norges Bank)

Davide Pettenuzzo (Brandeis University): "Forecasting Stock Returns under Economic Constraints"

Andrea Carriero (Queen Mary): "No Arbitrage Priors, Drifting Volatilities, and the Term Structure of Interest Rates"

Enrique ter Horst (IESA): "Timing foreign exchange markets"

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-18:00 Junior Scientist Session, Chair: Francesco Ravazzolo (Norges Bank and BI Norwegian Business School)

Matias Quiroz (Sveriges Riksbank): "Dynamic Mixture-of-Expert Models for Longitudinal and Discrete-Time Survival Data"

Daniele Bianchi (Università Bocconi): "Parameter Learning, Uncertainty Shocks and the Variance Risk Premium"

Reinaldo Marques (University of Oslo): "Particle move-reweighting strategies for online Bayesian inference"

Leif Anders Thorsrud (BI Norwegian Business School): "Forecasting disaggregates. Small open economies and foreign transmission channels"

Panel Discussants: Luc Bauwens (Université Catholique de Louvain), Fabio Canova (European University Institute), Tilmann Gneiting (University of Heidelberg), Chris Sims (Princeton University)

19:00-22:00 Dinner, Restaurant Solsiden, Akershusstranda 13, Skur 34, 0150 Oslo

Friday 23 August

09:00-10:00 Keynote Lecture, Tilmann Gneiting (University of Heidelberg): "Combining Predictive Densities" (Electronic Journal of Statistics)

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break

10:30-12:00 Session 3, Chair: Roberto Casarin (University of Venice and GRETA)

Luc Bauwens (Université Catholique de Louvain): "The Contribution of Structural Break Models to Forecasting Macroeconomic Series"

Alex Lekonski (Norwegian Computing Center): "A Direct Sampler for G-Wishart Variates"

Daniel F. Waggoner (Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta): "Equi-energy Sampling of Posteriors"

12:00-13:00 Lunch and Poster Session

13:00-14:30 Session 4, Chair: Nalan Basturk (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Michael Smith (Melbourne Business School): "Copula Modelling of Dependence in Multivariate Time Series"

Marek Jarocinski (European Central Bank): "Granger-Causal-Priority and Choice of Variables in Vector Autoregressions"

Haroon Mumtaz (Bank of England): "Forecasting Macroeconomic Variables using Stochastic Volatility in mean VARs"

14:30-15:00 Coffee Break

15:00-17:00 Session 5, Chair: Cem Cakmakli (University of Amsterdam)

Ine Van Robays (European Central Bank): "Macroeconomic Uncertainty and the Impact of Oil Shocks"

Gernot Doppelhofer (Norwegian School of Economics): "Robust Growth Determinants"

Alessia Paccagnini (Università degli Studi Milano): "Bayesian forecasting with a Small and Medium Scale Factor-Augmented Vector Autoregressive DSGE model"

Sylvia Kaufmann (Study Center Gerzensee): "K-state switching models with time-varying transition distributions – Does credit growth signal stronger effects of variables on inflation?" 

Program as pdf 

Poster presentations

  • Nalan Basturk (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Cem Cakmakli (University of Amsterdam), Pinar Ceyhan(Erasmus University Rotterdam), and Herman K van Dijk (Tinbergen Institute), "Posterior and Predictive Evidence on US Inflation using Non-filtered Time Series"
  • Markus Pape (University of Cologne), "A Novel Identification Approach to Bayesian Factor Analysis with Sparse Loadings Matrices"
  • Roberto Casarin (University of Venice), "Bayesian Markov Switching Stochastic Correlation Models" Ca' Foscari University of Venice)
  • Benjamin Holcblat (BI Norwegian Business School), "A Classical Moment-Based Approach with Bayesian Properties: Econometric Theory and Empirical Evidence from Asset Pricing"
  • Cem Cakmakli (University of Amsterdam), "Bayesian semiparametric dynamic Nelson-Siegel model" (The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis)
  • Angela Bitto (WU Vienna University of Economics and Business) and Sylvia Frühwirth-Schnatter (WU Vienna University of Economics and Business), "Time-Varying Parameter Models-Achieving Shrinkage and Variable Selection"
  • Joscha Beckmann (Universität Duisburg-Essen) and Rainer Schuessler (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), "A multistage model combination for dynamic regression models"
  • Jaromy Baxa, Miroslav Plasil, Borek Vasicek (Charles University), "Changes in Inflation Dynamics under Inflation Targeting? Evidence from Central European Countries"
  • Francesco Furlanetto (Norges Bank), Paolo Gelain (Norges Bank) and Marzie Taheri Sanjani (International Monetary Fund), "Financial Frictions and Monetary Policy Tradeoffs"
  • Błażej Mazur ( National Bank of Poland ) and Mateusz Pipień (Cracow University of Economics), "Almost-periodicity in TVP-GARCH models for long series of daily financial returns"
  • Monica Billio (University of Venice), Roberto Casarin(University of Venice), Francesco Ravazzolo (Norges Bank and BI Norwegian Business School) and Herman van Dijk (Tinbergen Institute), "Interactions between Eurozone and US Booms and Busts: A Bayesian Panel Markov-switching VAR Model" (Norges Bank Working Paper 2013/20)
  • Knut Are Aastveit (Norges Bank), Gisle Natvik (Norges Bank) and Sergio Sola (International Monetary Fund), "Economic Uncertainty and the effectiveness of monetary policy" (Norges Bank Working Paper 2013/17)
  • Andrew Binning (Norges Bank), "Solving second and third-order approximations to DSGE models: A recursive Sylvester equation solution"

Poster sessions as pdf 

Call for papers (pdf)

Junior Scientist session

The ESOBE Scientific Committee is glad to inform that following the experience in ESOBE 2012 meeting in Vienna, a special session for Junior Scientist has been organized at ESOBE 2013 in Oslo. The session will have four presentations of 20 minutes each and then a panel discussion will follow. Each paper will be discussed by four panelists selected from the list of senior researchers attending the conference.

Scientific Committee

  • Luc Bauwens
  • Gary Koop
  • Francesco Ravazzolo
  • Herman van Dijk
Published 8 October 2012 16:10
Edited 23 August 2013 13:29