Generalized empirical likelihood tests in time series models with potential identification failure

Patrik Guggenberger, Richard J. Smith

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We introduce test statistics based on generalized empirical likelihood methods that can be used to test simple hypotheses involving the unknown parameter vector in moment condition time series models. The test statistics generalize those in Guggenberger and Smith [2005. Generalized empirical likelihood estimators and tests under partial, weak and strong identification. Econometric Theory 21 (4), 667-709] from the i.i.d. to the time series context and are alternatives to those in Kleibergen [2005a. Testing parameters in GMM without assuming that they are identified. Econometrica 73 (4), 1103-1123] and Otsu [2006. Generalized empirical likelihood inference for nonlinear and time series models under weak identification. Econometric Theory 22 (3), 513-527]. The main feature of these tests is that their empirical null rejection probabilities are not affected much by the strength or weakness of identification. More precisely, we show that the statistics are asymptotically distributed as chi-square under both classical asymptotic theory and weak instrument asymptotics of Stock and Wright [2000. GMM with weak identification. Econometrica 68 (5), 1055-1096]. We also introduce a modification to Otsu's (2006) statistic that is computationally more attractive. A Monte Carlo study reveals that the finite-sample performance of the suggested tests is very competitive.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-161
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Econometrics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics


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