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Improved Nonparametric Confidence Intervals in Time Series Regressions

  • Joseph P. Romano
  • Michael Wolf

Confidence intervals in econometric time series regressions su er from notorious coverage problems. This is especially true when the dependence in the data is noticeable and sample sizes are small to moderate, as is often the case in empirical studies. This paper suggests using the studentized block bootstrap and discusses practical issues, such as the choice of the block size. A particular data-dependent method is proposed to automate the method. As a side note, it is pointed out that symmetric confidence intervals are preferred over equal-tailed ones, since they exhibit improved coverage accuracy. The improvements in small sample performance are supported by a simulation study.

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Paper provided by Institute for Empirical Research in Economics - University of Zurich in its series IEW - Working Papers with number 273.

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Date of creation: Feb 2006
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