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A Test Against Spurious Long Memory

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  • Qu, Zhongjun

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This paper proposes a test statistic for the null hypothesis that a given time series is a stationary long memory process against the alternative hypothesis that it is a¤ected by regime change or a smoothly varying trend. The proposed test is in the frequency domain and is based on the derivatives of the profiled local Whittle likelihood function in a degenerating neighborhood of the origin. The assumptions used are mild, allowing for non-Gaussianity or conditional heteroskedasticity. The resulting null limiting distribution is nuisance parameter free and can be easily simulated. Furthermore, the test is straightforward to implement. In particular, it does not require one to specify the form of the trend or the number of di¤erent regimes under the alternative hypothesis. Monte Carlo simulation shows that the test has decent size and power properties. The paper also considers three empirical applications to illustrate the usefulness of the test.

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Article provided by American Statistical Association in its journal Journal of Business and Economic Statistics.

Volume (Year): 29 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 423-438

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  1. Adam McCloskey, 2013. "Estimation of the long-memory stochastic volatility model parameters that is robust to level shifts and deterministic trends," Journal of Time Series Analysis, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 34(3), pages 285-301, 05.
  2. Pierre Perron & Yohei Yamamoto, 2011. "Estimating and Testing Multiple Structural Changes in Linear Models Using Band Spectral Regressions," Boston University - Department of Economics - Working Papers Series WP2011-049, Boston University - Department of Economics.
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  4. Niels Haldrup & Robinson Kruse, 2014. "Discriminating between fractional integration and spurious long memory," CREATES Research Papers 2014-19, School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus.
  5. Grassi, Stefano & Santucci de Magistris, Paolo, 2014. "When long memory meets the Kalman filter: A comparative study," Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 76(C), pages 301-319.
  6. Philip Bertram & Robinson Kruse & Philipp Sibbertsen, 2013. "Fractional integration versus level shifts: the case of realized asset correlations," Statistical Papers, Springer, vol. 54(4), pages 977-991, November.
  7. Uwe Hassler & Antonio Rubia & Paulo M.M. Rodrigues, 2014. "Persistence in the Banking Industry: Fractional integration and breaks in memory," Working Papers w201406, Banco de Portugal, Economics and Research Department.

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