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Distribution-Free Bounds for Serial Correlation Coefficients in Heteroskedastic Symmetric Time Series

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  • Jean-Marie Dufour
  • Abdeljelil Farhat
  • Marc Hallin

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We consider the problem of testing whether the observations X1, ..., Xn of a time series are independent with unspecified (possibly nonidentical) distributions symmetric about a common known median. Various bounds on the distributions of serial correlation coefficients are proposed: exponential bounds, Eaton-type bounds, Chebyshev bounds and Berry-Esséen-Zolotarev bounds. The bounds are exact in finite samples, distribution-free and easy to compute. The performance of the bounds is evaluated and compared with traditional serial dependence tests in a simulation experiment. The procedures proposed are applied to U.S. data on interest rates (commercial paper rate).
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  • Jean-Marie Dufour & Abdeljelil Farhat & Marc Hallin, 2005. "Distribution-Free Bounds for Serial Correlation Coefficients in Heteroskedastic Symmetric Time Series," CIRANO Working Papers 2005s-04, CIRANO.
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    Keywords

    autocorrelation; serial dependence; nonparametric test; distribution-free test; heterogeneity; heteroskedasticity; symmetric distribution; robustness; exact test; bound; exponential bound; large deviations; Chebyshev inequality; Berry-Esséen; interest rates; autocorrelation; serial dependence; nonparametric test; distribution-free test; heterogeneity; heteroskedasticity; symmetric distribution; robustness; exact test; bound; exponential bound; large deviations; Chebyshev inequality; Berry-Esséen; interest rates;
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    JEL classification:

    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • C12 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Hypothesis Testing: General
    • C32 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes; State Space Models
    • E4 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates

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