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Testing for Stochastic Monotonicity

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  • Sokbae Lee
  • Oliver Linton
  • Yoon-Jae Whang

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We propose a test of the hypothesis of stochastic monotonicity. This hypothesis is of interest in many applications in economics. Our test is based on the supremum of a rescaled U-statistic. We show that its asymptotic distribution is Gumbel. The proof is difficult because the approximating Gaussian stochastic process contains both a stationary and a nonstationary part, and so we have to extend existing results that only apply to either one or the other case. We also propose a refinement to the asymptotic approximation that we show works much better in finite samples. We apply our test to the study of intergenerational income mobility. Copyright 2009 The Econometric Society.

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Volume (Year): 77 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 (03)
Pages: 585-602

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