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Tests For Serial Dependence In Static, Non-Gaussian Factor Models

We derive simple algebraic expressions for score tests of serial correlation in the levels and squares of common and idiosyncratic factors in static factor models with (semi) parametrically specified elliptical distributions even though one must generally compute the likelihood by simulation. We also robustify our Gaussian tests against non-normality. The orthogonality conditions resemble the orthogonality conditions of models with observed factors but the weighting matrices reflect their unobservability. Our Monte Carlo exercises assess the finite sample reliability and power of our proposed tests, and compare them to other existing procedures. Finally, we apply our methods to monthly US stock returns.

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