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Regression-Based Tests of Predictive Ability

  • West, K.D.
  • McCracken, M.W.

We develop regression-based tests of hypotheses about out of sample prediction errors. Representative tests include ones for zero mean and zero correlation between a prediction error and a vector of predictors. The relevant environments are ones in which predictions depend on estimated parameters. We show that standard regression statistics generally fail to account for error introduced by estimation of these parameters. We propose computationally convenient test statistics that properly account for such error. Simulations indicate that the procedures can work well in samples of size typically available, although there sometimes are substantial size distortions.

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Paper provided by Wisconsin Madison - Social Systems in its series Working papers with number 9710.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: 1997
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Handle: RePEc:att:wimass:9710
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