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Forecasting long memory processes subject to structural breaks

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  • WANG, Shin-Huei

    (Université catholique de Louvain, CORE, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium; National TsingHwa University, Taiwan)

  • BAUWENS, Luc

    () (Université catholique de Louvain, CORE, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)

  • HSIAO, Cheng

    (Department of Economics, University of Southern California, USA; City University of Hong Kong; WISE, Xiamen University, China)

Abstract

We develop an easy-to-implement method for forecasting a stationary autoregressive fractionally integrated moving average (ARFIMA) process subject to structural breaks with unknown break dates. We show that an ARFIMA process subject to a mean shift and a change in the long memory parameter can be well approximated by an autoregressive (AR) model and suggest using an information criterion (AIC or Mallows' Cp) to choose the order of the approximate AR model. Our method avoids the issue of estimation inaccuracy of the long memory parameter and the issue of spurious breaks in finite sample. Insights from our theoretical analysis are confirmed by Monte Carlo experiments, through which we also find that our method provides a substantial improvement over existing prediction methods. An empirical application to the realized volatility of three exchange rates illustrates the usefulness of our forecasting procedure. The empirical success of the HAR-RV model is explained, from an econometric perspective, by our theoretical and simulation results.

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  • WANG, Shin-Huei & BAUWENS, Luc & HSIAO, Cheng, 2012. "Forecasting long memory processes subject to structural breaks," CORE Discussion Papers 2012048, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
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    Keywords

    forecasting; long memory process; structural break;

    JEL classification:

    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • C53 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Forecasting and Prediction Models; Simulation Methods

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