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Adaptive Local Polynomial Whittle Estimation of Long-range Dependence

The local Whittle (or Gaussian semiparametric) estimator of long range dependence, proposed by Kunsch (1987) and analyzed by Robinson (1995a), has a relatively slow rate of convergence and a finite sample bias that can be large. In this paper, we generalize the local Whittle estimator to circumvent these problems. Instead of approximating the short-run component of the spectrum, phi(lambda), by a constant in a shrinking neighborhood of frequency zero, we approximate its logarithm by a polynomial. This leads to a "local polynomial Whittle" (LPW) estimator. We specify a data-dependent adaptive procedure that adjusts the degree of the polynomial to the smoothness of phi(lambda) at zero and selects the bandwidth. The resulting "adaptive LPW" estimator is shown to achieve the optimal rate of convergence, which depends on the smoothness of phi(lambda) at zero, up to a logarithmic factor.

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Paper provided by Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University in its series Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers with number 1384.

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Length: 50 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2002
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Publication status: Published in Econometrica (2004), 72(2): 569-614
Handle: RePEc:cwl:cwldpp:1384
Note: CFP 1080.
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