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Robustifying multivariate trend tests to nonstationary volatility

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  • Xu, Ke-Li
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    This article studies inference of multivariate trend model when the volatility process is nonstationary. Within a quite general framework we analyze four classes of tests based on least squares estimation, one of which is robust to both weak serial correlation and nonstationary volatility. The existing multivariate trend tests, which either use non-robust standard errors or rely on non-standard distribution theory, are generally non-pivotal involving the unknown time-varying volatility function in the limit. Two-step residual-based i.i.d. bootstrap and wild bootstrap procedures are proposed for the robust tests and are shown to be asymptotically valid. Simulations demonstrate the effects of nonstationary volatility on the trend tests and the good behavior of the robust tests in finite samples.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Econometrics.

    Volume (Year): 169 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 147-154

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:econom:v:169:y:2012:i:2:p:147-154
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jeconom.2012.01.016
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