Predictive Regression and Robust Hypothesis Testing: Predictability Hidden by Anomalous Observations
57 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2012
Date Written: June 10, 2012
Testing procedures for predictive regressions with lagged autoregressive variables imply a suboptimal inference in presence of small violations of ideal assumptions. We propose a novel testing framework resistant to such violations, which is consistent with nearly integrated regressors and applicable to multi-predictor settings, when the data may only approximately follow a predictive regression model. The Monte Carlo evidence demonstrates large improvements of our approach, while the empirical analysis produces a strong robust evidence of market return predictability, using predictive variables such as the dividend yield, the volatility risk premium or labor income.
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