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A consistent test for nonlinear out of sample predictive accuracy

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  • Corradi, Valentina
  • Swanson, Norman R.

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In this paper, we draw on both the consistent specification testing and the predictive ability testing literatures and propose a test for predictive accuracy which is consistent against generic nonlinear alternatives. Broadly speaking, given a particular reference model, assume that the objective is to test whether there exists any alternative model, among an infinite number of alternatives, that has better predictive accuracy than the reference model, for a given loss function. A typical example is the case in which the reference model is a simple autoregressive model and the objective is to check whether a more accurate forecasting model can be constructed by including possibly unknown (non)linear functions of the past of the process or of the past of some other process(es). We propose a statistic which is similar in spirit to that of White (2000), although our approach differs from his as we allow for an infinite number of competing models that may be nested. In addition, we allow for non vanishing parameter estimation error. In order to construct valid asymptotic critical values, we implement a conditional p-value procedure which extends the work of Inoue (1999) by allowing for non vanishing parameter estimation error.
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  • Corradi, Valentina & Swanson, Norman R., 2002. "A consistent test for nonlinear out of sample predictive accuracy," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 110(2), pages 353-381, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:econom:v:110:y:2002:i:2:p:353-381
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