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Toward a Unified Approach to Testing for Weak Separability

  • Jones, Barry

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    (Department of Economics, State University of New York at Binghamton)

  • Elger, Thomas

    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

  • Edgerton, David

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    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

  • Dutkowsky, Donald

    (Department of Economics, Syracuse University)

In this paper we propose a unified framework for testing weak separability. We present a new three-step procedure, which is a joint test of necessary and sufficient conditions that takes account of the possibilities of both measurement error and incomplete adjustment. We illustrate the operational capability of the procedure with an empirical example. At the present time our procedure works well in medium sized samples, but may not be practical for datasets with extremely large sample sizes. As computing technology continues to advance, however, high-powered methods like the one we propose should supplant testing approaches that were originally designed to circumvent computational limitations

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Paper provided by Lund University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2004:1.

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Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: 21 Jan 2004
Date of revision:
Publication status: Published in Economics Bulletin, 2005, pages 1-7.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2004_001
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