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Testing for Cointegration Rank Using Bayes Factors


  • Sugita, Katsuhiro

    (University of Warwick)


This paper proposes Bayesian methods for estimating the cointegration rank in an automatic way using Bayes factors. First, we consider natural conjugate priors for computing Bayes factors for the adjustment term. Since using conjugate priors requires that we assign the prior parameters of which we often do not have prior information, and testing by Bayes factor is very sensitive to the parameters, we propose in this paper using the maximum likelihood estimators for the prior parameters. Then, we show the case of using non-informative priors. Since normal Bayes factor cannot be computed with non-informative priors, we apply the intrinsic Bayes factor (IBF) proposed by Berger and Pericchi (1996). Monte Carlo simulations show that using Bayes factor with conjugate priors and the IBF with non-informative priors produce fairly good results. The methods proposed here are also applied for selecting the appropriate lags, or other tests for a VAR model.

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  • Sugita, Katsuhiro, 2002. "Testing for Cointegration Rank Using Bayes Factors," Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2002 171, Royal Economic Society.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:ac2002:171

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    1. Karlsson, Sune, 2013. "Forecasting with Bayesian Vector Autoregression," Handbook of Economic Forecasting, in: G. Elliott & C. Granger & A. Timmermann (ed.), Handbook of Economic Forecasting, edition 1, volume 2, chapter 0, pages 791-897, Elsevier.
    2. Gareth W. Peters & Balakrishnan Kannan & Ben Lasscock & Chris Mellen, 2010. "Model Selection and Adaptive Markov chain Monte Carlo for Bayesian Cointegrated VAR model," Papers 1004.3830,

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