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Testing parameter constancy in stationary vector autoregressive models against continuous change

  • He, Changli

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    (Dept. of Economic Statistics, Stockholm School of Economics)

  • Teräsvirta, Timo

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    (Dept. of Economic Statistics, Stockholm School of Economics)

  • González, Andres

    ()

    (Dept. of Economic Statistics, Stockholm School of Economics)

In this paper we derive a parameter constancy test of a stationary vector autoregressive model against the hypothesis that the parameters of the model change smoothly over time. A single structural break is contained in this alternative hypothesis as a special case. The test is a generalization of a single-equation test of a similar hypothesis proposed in the literature. An advantage here is that the asymptotic distribution theory is standard. The performance of the tests is compared to that of generalized Chow-tests and found satisfactory in terms of both size and power.

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Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 507.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 30 Aug 2002
Date of revision: 06 May 2004
Publication status: Published in Econometric Reviews, 2009, pages 225-245.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0507
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