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Sequentially Testing Polynomial Model Hypotheses Using Power Transforms of Regressors

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We provide a methodology for testing a polynomial model hypothesis by extending the approach and results of Baek, Cho, and Phillips (2015; Journal of Econometrics; BCP) that tests for neglected nonlinearity using power transforms of regressors against arbitrary nonlinearity. We examine and generalize the BCP quasi-likelihood ratio test dealing with the multifold identification problem that arises under the null of the polynomial model. The approach leads to convenient asymptotic theory for inference, has omnibus power against general nonlinear alternatives, and allows estimation of an unknown polynomial degree in a model by way of sequential testing, a technique that is useful in the application of sieve approximations. Simulations show good performance in the sequential test procedure in identifying and estimating unknown polynomial order. The approach, which can be used empirically to test for misspecification, is applied to a Mincer (1958, 1974) equation using data from Card (1995). The results confirm that Mincer’s log earnings equation is easily shown to be misspecified by including nonlinear effects of experience and schooling on earnings, with some flexibility required in the respective polynomial degrees.

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  • Jin Seo Cho & Myung-Ho Park & Peter C. B. Phillips, 2016. "Sequentially Testing Polynomial Model Hypotheses Using Power Transforms of Regressors," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 2060, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.
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    1. Jin Seo Cho & Jin Seok Park & Sang Woo Park, 2018. "Testing for the Conditional Geometric Mixture Distribution," Working papers 2018rwp-123, Yonsei University, Yonsei Economics Research Institute.

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    Keywords

    QLR test; Asymptotic null distribution; Misspecification; Mincer equation; Nonlinearity; Polynomial model; Power Gaussian process; Sequential testing;

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    • C12 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Hypothesis Testing: General
    • C18 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Methodolical Issues: General
    • C46 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Specific Distributions
    • C52 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection

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