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Alternative Variance-Ratio Tests Using Ranks and Signs

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  • Wright, Jonathan H

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This article proposes using variance-ratio tests based on the ranks and signs of a time series to test the null that the series is a martingale difference sequence. Unlike conventional variance-ratio tests, these tests can be exact. In Monte Carlo simulations, I find that they can also be more powerful than conventional variance-ratio tests. I apply the proposed tests to five exchange-rate series and find that they are capable of detecting violations of the martingale hypothesis for all five series, whereas conventional variance-ratio tests yield ambiguous results.

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  • Wright, Jonathan H, 2000. "Alternative Variance-Ratio Tests Using Ranks and Signs," Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, American Statistical Association, vol. 18(1), pages 1-9, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bes:jnlbes:v:18:y:2000:i:1:p:1-9
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