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Maximum likelihood estimation of fractionally cointegrated systems

  • Katarzyna Lasak


    (School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus, Denmark and CREATES)

In this paper we consider a fractionally cointegrated error correction model and investigate asymptotic properties of the maximum likelihood (ML) estimators of the matrix of the cointegration relations, the degree of fractional cointegration, the matrix of the speed of adjustment to the equilibrium parameters and the variance-covariance matrix of the error term. We show that using ML principles to estimate jointly all parameters of the fractionally cointegrated system we obtain consistent estimates and provide their asymptotic distributions. The cointegration matrix is asymptotically mixed normal distributed, while the degree of fracional cointegration and the speed of adjustment to the equilibrium matrix have joint normal distribution, which proves the intuition that the memory of the cointegrating residuals affects the speed of convergence to the long-run equilibrium, but does not have any influence on the long-run relationship. The rate of convergence of the estimators of the long-run relationships depends on the cointegration degree but it is optimal for the strong cointegration case considered. We also prove that misspecification of the degree of fractional cointegation does not affect the consistency of the estimators of the cointegration relationships, although usual inference rules are not valid. We illustrate our results in finite samples by Monte Carlo analysis.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University in its series CREATES Research Papers with number 2008-53.

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