nep-ets New Economics Papers
on Econometric Time Series
Issue of 2022‒10‒03
four papers chosen by
Jaqueson K. Galimberti
Auckland University of Technology

  1. Comparing Stochastic Volatility Specifications for Large Bayesian VARs By Joshua C. C. Chan
  2. A restricted eigenvalue condition for unit-root non-stationary data By Etienne Wijler
  3. A Unified Framework for Estimation of High-dimensional Conditional Factor Models By Qihui Chen
  4. An Automatic Portmanteau Test For Nonlinear Dependence By Grivas, Charisios

  1. By: Joshua C. C. Chan
    Abstract: Large Bayesian vector autoregressions with various forms of stochastic volatility have become increasingly popular in empirical macroeconomics. One main difficulty for practitioners is to choose the most suitable stochastic volatility specification for their particular application. We develop Bayesian model comparison methods -- based on marginal likelihood estimators that combine conditional Monte Carlo and adaptive importance sampling -- to choose among a variety of stochastic volatility specifications. The proposed methods can also be used to select an appropriate shrinkage prior on the VAR coefficients, which is a critical component for avoiding over-fitting in high-dimensional settings. Using US quarterly data of different dimensions, we find that both the Cholesky stochastic volatility and factor stochastic volatility outperform the common stochastic volatility specification. Their superior performance, however, can mostly be attributed to the more flexible priors that accommodate cross-variable shrinkage.
    Date: 2022–08
  2. By: Etienne Wijler
    Abstract: In this paper, we develop a restricted eigenvalue condition for unit-root non-stationary data and derive its validity under the assumption of independent Gaussian innovations that may be contemporaneously correlated. The method of proof relies on matrix concentration inequalities and offers sufficient flexibility to enable extensions of our results to alternative time series settings. As an application of this result, we show the consistency of the lasso estimator on ultra high-dimensional cointegrated data in which the number of integrated regressors may grow exponentially in relation to the sample size.
    Date: 2022–08
  3. By: Qihui Chen
    Abstract: This paper develops a general framework for estimation of high-dimensional conditional factor models via nuclear norm regularization. We establish large sample properties of the estimators, and provide an efficient computing algorithm for finding the estimators as well as a cross validation procedure for choosing the regularization parameter. The general framework allows us to estimate a variety of conditional factor models in a unified way and quickly deliver new asymptotic results. We apply the method to analyze the cross section of individual US stock returns, and find that imposing homogeneity may improve the model's out-of-sample predictability.
    Date: 2022–09
  4. By: Grivas, Charisios
    Abstract: A data-driven version of a portmanteau test for detecting nonlinear types of statistical dependence is considered. An attractive feature of the proposed test is that it properly controls type I error without depending on the number of lags. In addition, the automatic test is found to have higher power in simulations when compared to the McLeod and Li test, for both raw data and residuals.
    Keywords: ARMA time series;Akaike's AIC;Schwarz's BIC; Portmanteau test; Data-driven test
    JEL: C01
    Date: 2021–12–19

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