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Testing the null hypothesis of no regime switching with an application to GDP growth rates

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  • Marmer, Vadim

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This paper presents tests for the null hypothesis of no regime switching in Hamilton's (1989) regime switching model. The test procedures exploit similarities between regime switching models, autoregressions with measurement errors, and finite mixture models. The proposed tests are computationally simple and, contrary to likelihood based tests, have a standard distribution under the null. When the methodology is applied to US GDP growth rates, no strong evidence of regime switching is found.

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Paper provided by Vancouver School of Economics in its series Microeconomics.ca working papers with number vadim_marmer-2009-59.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 02 Nov 2009
Date of revision: 03 Nov 2009
Handle: RePEc:ubc:pmicro:vadim_marmer-2009-59

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Keywords: regime switching; LM tests; GMM; matching methods; GDP growth rates;

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  1. Jie Lu & Angang Hu & Yilong Yan, 2012. "Nonlinear investigations of China's agricultural transformation based on the structural break regime switching model," China Agricultural Economic Review, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 4(1), pages 52-68, February.
  2. Lee, Hwa-Taek & Yoon, Gawon, 2007. "Does Purchasing Power Parity Hold Sometimes? Regime Switching in Real Exchange Rates," Economics Working Papers 2007,24, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Department of Economics.
  3. Hwa-Taek Lee & Gawon Yoon, 2013. "Does purchasing power parity hold sometimes? Regime switching in real exchange rates," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(16), pages 2279-2294, June.
  4. Angang Hu & Jie Lu & Zhengyan Xiao, 2011. "Has China's Economy Become More Stable and Inertial? Nonlinear Investigations Based on Structural Break and Duration Dependent Regime Switching Models," Annals of Economics and Finance, Society for AEF, vol. 12(1), pages 157-181, May.

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