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st: Non-Converging Likelihood in a Structural VAR

From   "Downey, Patrick" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: Non-Converging Likelihood in a Structural VAR
Date   Wed, 10 Mar 2010 10:47:22 -0500


I'm trying to estimate a structural VAR, and I let the program run for
about an hour the other night, but it didn't converge to a maximum

My code is:
matrix input aconst1 = (1,.,. \ .,1,. \ .,.,1)
matrix input bconst1 = (1,.,. \ .,1,. \ .,.,1)
matrix input aconst2 = (.,12,13 \ 12,.,23 \ 13,23,.)
matrix input bconst2 = (.,12,13 \ 12,.,23 \ 13,23,.)
svar cgtargetall cg1000all cg2000all, aeq(aconst1) acns(aconst2)
beq(bconst1) bcns(bconst2) lags(1 2) exog(famunitocc familyunitstable

When I had the wrong number of constraints, Stata gave me an error saying
so. It's no longer giving the error, so presumably that's not the problem.
Also, my dataset is fairly small (T = 117), so I don't think that's the
problem either. I've tested each series independently (previously) and they
are all stationary. Finally, I haven't tested for cointegration, but I
don't imagine that I have that problem, and if I do, I'm not sure that
would cause non-convergence in the likelihood. Are there any other possible

Any guidance is greatly appreciated.

P. Mitchell Downey | Research Associate II
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