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Tests of Mean-Variance Spanning

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  • Raymond Kan

    (University of Toronto)

  • Guofu Zhou

    (Washington University)

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In this paper, we conduct a comprehensive study of tests of mean-variance spanning. We provide both a comparison and a geometrical interpretation of three asymptotic tests (likelihood ratio, Wald, and Lagrange multiplier) of mean-variance spanning under the regression based framework of Huberman and Kandel (1987). For the case of normality, we provide the exact distributions and a comprehensive power analysis of the three tests. For the general case, we provide the GMM version of the spanning tests and evaluate their performance using simulation. In addition, we compare the performance of the spanning tests under the regression approach with those under the stochastic discount factor approach. Our results suggest that the two approaches have similar properties when returns are normally distributed but the regression approach is superior to the stochastic discount factor approach when returns follow a multivariate Student-t distribution.

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Paper provided by China Economics and Management Academy, Central University of Finance and Economics in its series CEMA Working Papers with number 539.

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Length: 65 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2001
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Publication status: Published in Annals of Economics and Finance, May 2012, pages 145-193
Handle: RePEc:cuf:wpaper:539

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