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Testing for the Existence of a Generalized Wiener Process- the Case of Stock Prices

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In this article, we present two nonparametric trispectrum based tests for testing the hypothesis that an observed time series was generated by what we call a generalized Wiener process (GWP). Assuming the existence of a Weiner process for asset rates of return is critical to the Black-Scholes model and its extension by Merton (BSM). The Hinich trispectrum-based test of linearity and the trispectrum extension of the Hinich-Rothman bispectrum test for time reversibility are used to test the validity of BSM. We apply the tests to a selection of high frequency NYSE and Australian (ASX) stocks.

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  • Melvin. J. Hinich & Phillip Wild & John Foster, 2010. "Testing for the Existence of a Generalized Wiener Process- the Case of Stock Prices," Discussion Papers Series 408, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia.
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    1. Andrew W. Lo, A. Craig MacKinlay, 1988. "Stock Market Prices do not Follow Random Walks: Evidence from a Simple Specification Test," Review of Financial Studies, Society for Financial Studies, vol. 1(1), pages 41-66.
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    3. Savin, N.E., 1984. "Multiple hypothesis testing," Handbook of Econometrics,in: Z. Griliches† & M. D. Intriligator (ed.), Handbook of Econometrics, edition 1, volume 2, chapter 14, pages 827-879 Elsevier.
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