The US Model in EViews 7: October 30, 2016
US Model Optimized for EViews: October 30, 2016, version of the US model

If you have EViews on your computer and want to work with the US model in EViews, there are now two ways to do this. First, you can do this by downloading the zipped file usev163.zip. You should download this file by clicking it, and then unzip it. One of the files in the zipped file is readme.txt, which is repeated below. This version is due to Matthew Cushing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It takes advantage of many more of the features of EViews than does the other way (below) of downloading EViews.

readme.txt:

This file descibes how to convert the FAIRMODEL into a convenient EVIEWS 
workfile. The advantages of this workfile over the one traditionally supplied 
on the FAIRMODEL site are:

1. It uses the native EVIEWS NA rather than the FP 999999 to represent a 
missing observation. EVIEWS automatically skips missing observations. 
Future values of the endogenous variables are represented by NAs.  
This automatically avoids the mistake of estimating equations over 
forecasted data.  

2. It exploits EVIEWS's ability to recognize simple functions in 
regression commands. The variable LOG(CS/POP) is entered directly into 
equation 1, so there is no need to define LCSZ and then recover CS from the
forecasts of LCSZ. The equations are much easier to interpret, as they look 
very much like the equations reported in the FAIRMODEL appendix.

3. Coefficient restriction are made explicit in equations 16, 23 and 24, 
rather than imposing them by redefining variables. 

4. Variables have labels.  Selecting a variables and pressing F9 gives the 
description of each variables. 

5. OLS equations (eqs 15 and 29) estimated with AR1 errors use Eviews 
option(arma=cls, optmethod=legacy).  These estimates closely match estimates 
using the FAIRPARK program. 


First you must edit the SETUP.PRG file by selecting the directory in which 
your files are located. You can also select the forecast horizon 
(currently 2022q4.)


If you are updating the installation, you will have to change the %DEND 
variable to reflect the last year of actual data.  You can also change %END,
if the forecast horizon has changed, or if you simply want to have a longer 
forecast horizon.  You must download FMAGE.DAT and FMDATA.DAT from the 
FAIRMODEL site.  They are in the ZIP file for downloading the model in FP.

To convert FMAGE.DAT and FMDATA.DAT to a form that EVIEWS will read you 
must delete all occurances of:

'END'

LOAD
;

and 

 SMPL    1952.1   2016.1 

END

You should then rename them FMAGE_E.TXT  and FMDATA_E.TXT before running 
SETUP.prg

end of readme.txt

US Model in EViews: No Optimization: October 30, 2016, version of the US Model

For this version the zipped file to download is: fmev.zip. You should download this file by clicking it, and then unzip it. The datasets in it are:

  1. FM.WF1---the complete workfile. Variables that end in _0 are solution values
  2. FMGENR.PRG---contains commands to generate variables (not needed; for reference purposes only)
  3. FMEQ.PRG---contains commands to estimate all the equations (not needed)
  4. FMA---contains the listing of the model for solution purposes (not needed)

The following discussion assumes that you know EViews 7. If not, you should learn EViews first before trying to get the model working in it.

Enter EViews and type LOAD FM. The entire model is now loaded. In the main workfile the model is called FMA. If you double click FMA, you are ready to go. The model has been solved for the 2016:4--2022:4 period in the workfile, and the solution values end with _0. These solution values are the forecast values of the October 30, 2016, forecast within rounding error. You do not need the datasets FMGENR.PRG, FMEQ.PRG, and FMA, which are included in FMEV.ZIP, but they may be useful for reference purposes. FMGENR.PRG generates various variables, and FMEQ.PRG estimates the model.

EViews handles the use of 2SLS with autoregressive errors somewhat differently than does the FP program, and so some of the estimates using EViews differ slightly those using the FP program. EViews sometimes adds instruments from the ones specified, which FP does not. If the ALT2SLS option is used in the FP program (see page 61 of the User's Guide), which is used for the estimation of the US model, then extra instruments do not have to be added to insure consistency.

For the current version (October 30, 2016) there were problems with equations 4 and 26. The coefficient estimates of these two equations were not close to the model's estimates. Again, the autoregressive errors were handled differently. The EViews estimates for equation 4 were retained, but equation 26 was estimated by OLS rather than TSLS. You will see that some of the coefficient estimates for equation 4 are problematic, which causes the EViews forecast values to be somewhat different than the FP forecast values.

Two variables are renamed when using EViews. COS is renamed COSS, and AR is renamed ARR.

This should be enough to get you started. If you want to modify the model in bigger ways than are allowed on this site and/or want to estimate the model, EViews allows you to do this.

NOTE: This site receives no money from EViews; we are simply making the US model datasets available for those who are interested.

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