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An Alternative Approach to the Specification of Structural Transition Functions


  • Charles M. Beach


This paper forwards an alternative approach of characterizing the adjustment trajectory by a cumulative probability distribution function. Estimates of Wilton's (1975) automobile import equation over the period 1984-1973 are obtained in the case where a binomial CDF is used. Confirming Wilton's results, the use of transition functions to characterize coefficient adjustment between two regimes leads to substantial improvements over standard OLS estimation. Also the CDF transition estimates compare very favourably with the polynomial results, at the same time yielding more reliable coefficient transition paths and an improved framework for more precise hypothesis testing of structural change.
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  • Charles M. Beach, 1977. "An Alternative Approach to the Specification of Structural Transition Functions," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 10(1), pages 132-141, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:10:y:1977:i:1:p:132-41

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