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Bootstrap Sequential Determination of the Co-integration Rank in VAR Models

  • Giuseppe Cavaliere

    (Department of Statistical Sciences, University of Bologna)

  • Anders Rahbek

    (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

  • A. M. Robert Taylor

    (School of Economics, University of Nottingham)

Determining the co-integrating rank of a system of variables has become a fundamental aspect of applied research in macroeconomics and finance. It is wellknown that standard asymptotic likelihood ratio tests for co-integration rank of Johansen (1996) can be unreliable in small samples with empirical rejection frequencies often very much in excess of the nominal level. As a consequence, bootstrap versions of these tests have been developed. To be useful, however, sequential procedures for determining the co-integrating rank based on these bootstrap tests need to be consistent, in the sense that the probability of selecting a rank smaller than (equal to) the true co-integrating rank will converge to zero (one minus the marginal significance level), as the sample size diverges, for general I(1) processes. No such likelihood-based procedure is currently known to be available. In this paper we fill this gap in the literature by proposing a bootstrap sequential algorithm which we demonstrate delivers consistent cointegration rank estimation for general I(1) processes. Finite sample Monte Carlo simulations show the proposed procedure performs well in practice.

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Paper provided by University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 10-07.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2010
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Handle: RePEc:kud:kuiedp:1007
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