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Expansions For The Distribution Of The Maximum Likelihood Estimator Of The Fractional Difference Parameter

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  • Lieberman, Offer
  • Phillips, Peter C.B.

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The maximum likelihood estimator (MLE) of the fractional difference parameter in the Gaussian ARFIMA(0,d,0) model is well known to be asymptotically N(0,6/π2). This paper develops asymptotic expansions to the distribution of this statistic under the assumption of a known unit variance. The correction term for the density is shown to be independent of d, so that the MLE is second-order pivotal for d. This feature of the MLE is unusual, at least in time series contexts. Simulations show that the normal approximation is poor and that the expansions can make a significant improvement in accuracy provided the correction terms are computed without further asymptotic approximation.This paper was commenced and revised while Lieberman was visiting the Cowles Foundation during 2000–2002. Lieberman thanks the Cowles Foundation for support and hospitality during this visit. Phillips thanks the NSF for support under grants SBR 97-30295 and SES 0092509.

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  • Lieberman, Offer & Phillips, Peter C.B., 2004. "Expansions For The Distribution Of The Maximum Likelihood Estimator Of The Fractional Difference Parameter," Econometric Theory, Cambridge University Press, vol. 20(3), pages 464-484, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:etheor:v:20:y:2004:i:03:p:464-484_20
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    1. Lieberman, Offer & Phillips, Peter C.B., 2008. "A complete asymptotic series for the autocovariance function of a long memory process," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 147(1), pages 99-103, November.
    2. Morten Ørregaard Nielsen & Per Houmann Frederiksen, 2005. "Finite Sample Comparison of Parametric, Semiparametric, and Wavelet Estimators of Fractional Integration," Econometric Reviews, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 24(4), pages 405-443.
    3. Stelios Arvanitis & Antonis Demos, "undated". "A Class of Indirect Inference Estimators: Higher Order Asymptotics and Approximate Bias Correction (Revised)," DEOS Working Papers 1411, Athens University of Economics and Business, revised 23 Sep 2014.
    4. Andrews, Donald W.K. & Lieberman, Offer & Marmer, Vadim, 2006. "Higher-order improvements of the parametric bootstrap for long-memory Gaussian processes," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 133(2), pages 673-702, August.
    5. D. S. Poskitt, 2008. "Properties of the Sieve Bootstrap for Fractionally Integrated and Non‐Invertible Processes," Journal of Time Series Analysis, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 29(2), pages 224-250, March.
    6. Poskitt, D.S. & Grose, Simone D. & Martin, Gael M., 2015. "Higher-order improvements of the sieve bootstrap for fractionally integrated processes," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 188(1), pages 94-110.
    7. Offer Lieberman & Peter Phillips, 2008. "Refined Inference on Long Memory in Realized Volatility," Econometric Reviews, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 27(1-3), pages 254-267.

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