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The Wild Bootstrap, Tamed at Last

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  • Russell Davidson

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    (Department of Economics, Queen's University and GREQAM)

  • Emmanuel Flachaire

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    (STICERD, London School of Economics)

Abstract

Various versions of the wild bootstrap are studied as applied to regression models with heteroskedastic errors. We develop formal Edgeworth expansions for the error in the rejection probability (ERP) of wild bootstrap tests based on asymptotic t statistics computed with a heteroskedasticity consistent covariance matrix estimator. Particular interest centers on the choice of the auxiliary distribution used by the wild bootstrap in order to generate bootstrap error terms. We find that the Rademacher distribution usually gives smaller ERPs, in small samples, than the version of the wild bootstrap that seems most popular in the literature, even though it does not benefit from the latter's skewness correction. This conclusion, based on Edgeworth expansions, is confirmed by a series of simulation experiments. We conclude that a particular version of the wild bootstrap is to be preferred in almost all practical situations, and we show analytically that it, and no other version, gives perfect inference in a special case.

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Paper provided by Queen's University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1000.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2001
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Handle: RePEc:qed:wpaper:1000

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Keywords: Wild Bootstrap; Heteroskedasticity Consistent Covariance Matrix Estimators; Size distortion;

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  1. Joel L. Horowitz, 1996. "Bootstrap Methods in Econometrics: Theory and Numerical Performance," Econometrics 9602009, EconWPA, revised 05 Mar 1996.
  2. James G. MacKinnon & Halbert White, 1983. "Some Heteroskedasticity Consistent Covariance Matrix Estimators with Improved Finite Sample Properties," Working Papers 537, Queen's University, Department of Economics.
  3. Davidson, Russell & MacKinnon, James G., 1999. "The Size Distortion Of Bootstrap Tests," Econometric Theory, Cambridge University Press, vol. 15(03), pages 361-376, June.
  4. Emmanuel Flachaire, 1999. "A better way to bootstrap pairs," Post-Print halshs-00175892, HAL.
  5. Davidson, Russell & MacKinnon, James G, 1998. "Graphical Methods for Investigating the Size and Power of Hypothesis Tests," The Manchester School of Economic & Social Studies, University of Manchester, vol. 66(1), pages 1-26, January.
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