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Robust Specification Testing in Regression: The FRESET Test and Autocorrelated Disturbances

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This study investigates the degree of size-distortion of the RESET, FRESETL and FRESETS tests, and their ability to reject falsely specified models in terms of an omitted variable, in the presence of autocorrelation. Specifically, in the presence of AR(1) and MA(1) processes, respectively. We also explore the properties of the corresponding tests when the robust error covariance matrix estimator of Newey and West (1987) is used in the construction of the tests. Our results indicated that the FRESET tests performed equally as well as, and in many cases yield higher "power" than the comparable RESET test. The dominance of the FRESET tests was even more pronounced when a Newey-West correction for autocorrelation was used as evidenced by higher rejection rates.

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  • Linda F. DeBenedictis, & David E. A. Giles, 1998. "Robust Specification Testing in Regression: The FRESET Test and Autocorrelated Disturbances," Econometrics Working Papers 9806, Department of Economics, University of Victoria.
  • Handle: RePEc:vic:vicewp:9806 Note: ISSN 1485-6441
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    1. Hong, Seung Hyun & Phillips, Peter C. B., 2010. "Testing Linearity in Cointegrating Relations With an Application to Purchasing Power Parity," Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, American Statistical Association, pages 96-114.
    2. David E. A. Giles & Betty J. Johnson, 1999. "Taxes, Risk-Aversion, and the Size of the Underground Economy: A Nonparametric Analysis With New Zealand Data," Econometrics Working Papers 9910, Department of Economics, University of Victoria.

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    Keywords

    Specification Analysis; RESET test; Autocorrelation;

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    • C12 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Hypothesis Testing: General

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