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Improvement in Finite Sample Properties of the Hansen-Jagannathan Distance Test

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  • Yu Ren

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  • Katsumi Shimotsu

    () (Queen's University)

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Jagannathan and Wang (1996) derive the asymptotic distribution of the Hansen-Jagannathan distance (HJ-distance) proposed by Hansen and Jagannathan (1997), and develop a specification test of asset pricing models based on the HJ-distance. While the HJ-distance has several desirable properties, Ahn and Gadarowski (2004) find that the specification test based on the HJ-distance overrejects correct models too severely in commonly used sample size to provide a valid test. This paper proposes to improve the finite sample properties of the HJ-distance test by applying the shrinkage method (Ledoit and Wolf, 2003) to compute its weighting matrix. The proposed method improves the finite sample performance of the HJ-distance test significantly.

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  • Yu Ren & Katsumi Shimotsu, 2007. "Improvement in Finite Sample Properties of the Hansen-Jagannathan Distance Test," Working Papers 1126, Queen's University, Department of Economics.
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    1. Pasquale Della Corte & Steven J. Riddiough & Lucio Sarno, 2016. "Currency Premia and Global Imbalances," Review of Financial Studies, Society for Financial Studies, vol. 29(8), pages 2161-2193.
    2. Ikeda, Yuki & Kubokawa, Tatsuya, 2016. "Linear shrinkage estimation of large covariance matrices using factor models," Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 152(C), pages 61-81.
    3. Qihui Chen & Yu Ren, 2013. "Improvement in finite-sample properties of GMM-based Wald tests," Computational Statistics, Springer, vol. 28(2), pages 735-749, April.
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    Keywords

    Covariance matrix estimation; Factor models; Finite sample properties; Hansen-Jagannathan distance; Shrinkage method;

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    • C13 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Estimation: General
    • C52 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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