02416cam a22002297 4500001000600000003000500006005001700011008004100028100002300069245012800092260006600220490004100286500001500327520148400342530006101826538007201887538003601959710004201995830007602037856003702113856003602150w0089NBER20150421043322.0150421s1975 mau||||fs|||| 000 0 eng d1 aShiller, Robert J.10aAlternative Prior Representations of Smoothness for Distributed Lag Estimationh[electronic resource] /cRobert J. Shiller. aCambridge, Mass.bNational Bureau of Economic Researchc1975.1 aNBER working paper seriesvno. w0089 aJune 1975.3 aIn some applications of the distributed lag model, theory requires that all lag coefficients have a positive sign. A distributed lag estimator which provides estimated coefficients with positive sign is developed here which is analogous to an earlier distributed lag estimator derived from "smoothness priors" which did not assure that all estimated coefficients be positive. The earlier estimator with unconstrained signs was a posterior mode of the coefficients based on a spherically normal "smoothness prior" in the d+l order differences of the coefficients. The newer estimator with constrained sign is a posterior mode of the logs of the coefficients based on spherically normal "smoothness prior" on the d+l order differences of the logs of the coefficients. The meaning of both categories of prior is discussed in this paper and they are compared to prior parameterizations of the lag curve. Both varieties of "smoothness prior", in contrast to the parameterizations, allow the coefficients to assume any "smooth" shape subject to the sign constraint. The sign-constrained estimator has the additional advantage that it easily forms asymptotes. Moreover, the sign con-strained estimator is easily implemented. The estimate can be obtained by an iterative procedure involving regressions with dummy observations similar to those used to find the unconstrained sign estimator. An illustrative example of the application of both estimators is given at the end of the paper. aHardcopy version available to institutional subscribers. aSystem requirements: Adobe [Acrobat] Reader required for PDF files. aMode of access: World Wide Web.2 aNational Bureau of Economic Research. 0aWorking Paper Series (National Bureau of Economic Research)vno. w0089.4 uhttp://www.nber.org/papers/w008941uhttp://dx.doi.org/10.3386/w0089