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Multivariate Methods for Monitoring Structural Change

  • Jan J.J. Groen

    (Federal Reserve Bank of New York)

  • George Kapetanios

    ()

    (Queen Mary, University of London)

  • Simon Price

    (Bank of England and City University)

Detection of structural change is a critical empirical activity, but continuous 'monitoring' of series, for structural changes in real time, raises well-known econometric issues that have been explored in a single series context. If multiple series co-break then it is possible that simultaneous examination of a set of series helps identify changes with higher probability or more rapidly than when series are examined on a case-by-case basis. Some asymptotic theory is developed for maximum and average CUSUM detection tests. Monte Carlo experiments suggest that these both provide an improvement in detection relative to a univariate detector over a wide range of experimental parameters, given a sufficiently large number of co-breaking series. This is robust to a cross-sectional correlation in the errors (a factor structure) and heterogeneity in the break dates. We apply the test to a panel of UK price indices.

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Paper provided by Queen Mary University of London, School of Economics and Finance in its series Working Papers with number 658.

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