Semiparametric Cointegrating Rank Selection
24 Pages Posted: 21 May 2008
Date Written: May 1, 2008
Some convenient limit properties of usual information criteria are given for cointegrating rank selection. Allowing for a nonparametric short memory component and using a reduced rank regression with only a single lag, standard information criteria are shown to be weakly consistent in the choice of cointegrating rank provided the penalty coefficient C_n -> infinity and C_n/n -> 0 as n -> infinity. The limit distribution of the AIC criterion, which is inconsistent, is also obtained. The analysis provides a general limit theory for semiparametric reduced rank regression under weakly dependent errors. The method does not require the speci cation of a full model, is convenient for practical implementation in empirical work, and is sympathetic with semiparametric estimation approaches to cointegration analysis. Some simulations results on nite sample performance of the criterion are reported.
Keywords: Cointegrating rank, Consistency, Information criteria, Model selection, Nonparametric, Short memory, Unit roots
JEL Classification: C22, C32
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