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Hypothesis testing in econometrics

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  • Joseph P. Romano
  • Azeem M. Shaikh
  • Michael Wolf

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This paper reviews important concepts and methods that are useful for hypothesis testing. First, we discuss the Neyman-Pearson framework. Various approaches to optimality are presented, including finite-sample and large-sample optimality. Then, some of the most important methods are summarized, as well as resampling methodology which is useful to set critical values. Finally, we consider the problem of multiple testing, which has witnessed a burgeoning literature in recent years. Along the way, we incorporate some examples that are current in the econometrics literature. While we include many problems with wellknown successful solutions, we also include open problems that are not easily handled with current technology, stemming from issues like lack of optimality or poor asymptotic approximations.

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  • Joseph P. Romano & Azeem M. Shaikh & Michael Wolf, 2009. "Hypothesis testing in econometrics," IEW - Working Papers 444, Institute for Empirical Research in Economics - University of Zurich.
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    Asymptotics; multiple testing; optimality; resampling;
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    • C12 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Hypothesis Testing: General

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