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The Variance Ratio Statistic at Large Horizons

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  • Deo, Rohit S.
  • Chen, Willa W.
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    We make three contributions to using the variance ratio statistic at large horizons. Allowing for general heteroscedasticity in the data, we obtain the asymptotic distribution of the statistic when the horizon k is increasing with the sample size n but at a slower rate so that k=n ! 0. The test is shown to be consistent against a variety of relevant mean reverting alternatives when k=n ! 0. This is in contrast to the case when k=n ! – > 0; where the statistic has been recently shown to be inconsistent against such alternatives. Secondly, we provide and justify a simple power transformation of the statistic which yields almost perfectly normally distributed statistics in finite samples, solving the well known right skewness problem. Thirdly, we provide a more powerful way of pooling information from different horizons to test for mean reverting alternatives. Monte Carlo simulations illustrate the theoretical improvements provided. --

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    Paper provided by Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Center for Applied Statistics and Economics (CASE) in its series Papers with number 2004,04.

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    Keywords: Mean reversion; Frequency domain; Power transformation;

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