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A Spurious Regression Approach to Estimating Structural Parameters


  • Chi-Young Choi; Ling Hu; Masao Ogaki


Economic models often imply that certain variables are cointegrated. However, tests often fail to reject the null hypothesis of no cointegration for these variables. One possible explanation of these test results is that the error is unit root nonstationary due to a nonstationary measurement error in one variable. For example, currency held by the domestic economic agents for legitimate transactions is very hard to measure due to currency held by foreign residents and black market transactions. Therefore, money may be measured with a nonstationary error. If the money demand function is stable in the long-run, we have a cointegrating regression when money is measured with a stationary measurement error, but have a spurious regression when money is measured with a nonstationary measurement error. We can still recover structural parameters under certain conditions for the nonstationary measurement error. This paper proposes econometric methods based on asymptotic theory to estimate structural parameters with spurious regressions involving unit root nonstaionary variables.

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  • Chi-Young Choi; Ling Hu; Masao Ogaki, 2004. "A Spurious Regression Approach to Estimating Structural Parameters," Econometric Society 2004 Far Eastern Meetings 555, Econometric Society.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecm:feam04:555

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    Spurious regression; GLS correction method;

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    • C10 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - General
    • C15 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Statistical Simulation Methods: General

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