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Data-Driven Smooth Tests for the Martingale Difference Hypothesis

  • Juan Carlos Escanciano

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    (Indiana University)

  • Silvia Mayoral

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    (Universidad de Navarra)

A general method for testing the martingale difference hypothesis is proposed. The new tests are data-driven smooth tests based on the principal components of certain marked empirical processes that are asymptotically distribution-free, with critical values that are already tabulated. The data-driven smooth tests are optimal in a semiparametric sense discussed in the paper, and they are robust to conditional heteroskedasticity of unknown form. A simulation study shows that the smooth tests perform very well for a wide range of realistic alternatives and have more power than the omnibus and other competing tests. Finally, an application to the S&P 500 stock index and some of its components highlights the merits of our approach.

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Paper provided by School of Economics and Business Administration, University of Navarra in its series Faculty Working Papers with number 01/07.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jan 2007
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Handle: RePEc:una:unccee:wp0107
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