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Testing for Instability in Covariance Structures

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  • Chihwa Kao

    (University of Connecticut)

  • Lorenzo Trapani

    (Cass Business School)

  • Giovanni Urga

    (Cass Business School and Universitá di Bergamo)

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We propose a test for the stability over time of the covariance matrix of multivariate time series. The analysis is extended to the eigensystem to ascertain changes due to instability in the eigenvalues and/or eigenvectors. Using strong Invariance Principles and Law of Large Numbers, we normalise the CUSUM-type statistics to calculate their supremum over the whole sample. The power properties of the test versus alternative hypotheses, including also the case of breaks close to the beginning/end of sample are investigated theoretically and via simulation. We extend our theory to test for the stability of the covariance matrix of a multivariate regression model. The testing procedures are illustrated by studying the stability of the principal components of the term structure of 18 US interest rates. JEL Classification: Key words: Covariance Matrix, Eigensystem, Changepoint, CUSUM Statistic.

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  • Chihwa Kao & Lorenzo Trapani & Giovanni Urga, 2016. "Testing for Instability in Covariance Structures," Working papers 2016-33, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:uct:uconnp:2016-33
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    1. Matteo Barigozzi & Lorenzo Trapani, 2017. "Sequential testing for structural stability in approximate factor models," Papers 1708.02786, arXiv.org, revised Mar 2018.

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    • C1 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General
    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • C5 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling

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