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Improved HAC Covariance Matrix Estimation Based on Forecast Errors




We propose computing HAC covariance matrix estimators based on one-stepahead forecasting errors. It is shown that this estimator is consistent and has smaller bias than other HAC estimators. Moreover, the tests that rely on this estimator have more accurate sizes without sacrificing its power.

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  • Chung-Ming Kuan & Yu-Wei Hsieh, 2006. "Improved HAC Covariance Matrix Estimation Based on Forecast Errors," IEAS Working Paper : academic research 06-A008, Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Handle: RePEc:sin:wpaper:06-a008

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    1. Luke Hartigan, 2016. "Alternative HAC Covariance Matrix Estimators with Improved Finite Sample Properties," Discussion Papers 2016-06, School of Economics, The University of New South Wales.
    2. repec:eee:csdana:v:119:y:2018:i:c:p:55-73 is not listed on IDEAS

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    forecast error; HAC estimator; kernel estimator; recursive residual; robust test;

    JEL classification:

    • C12 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Hypothesis Testing: General
    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes


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