Test for Equal Forecast Accuracy under Unconditional Heteroskedasticity

The Essex Centre for Macro and Financial Econometrics warmly invites you to join guest speaker Professor David Harvey from the University of Nottingham as he discusses his work on heteroskedasticity.

  • Wed 3 Mar 21

    13:30 - 14:30

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  • Event speaker

    Professor David Harvey, University of Nottingham

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    Essex Centre for Macro and Financial Econometrics (ECMFE) Research Seminar Series

  • Event organiser

    Essex Business School

  • Contact details

    Dr Yuqian Zhao

The Essex Centre for Macro and Financial Econometrics (ECMFE) brings together academic and industry expertise from inside and outside the University of Essex to research and help solve important issues in financial markets.

Seminar abstract

Heteroskedasticity is a common feature in empirical time series analysis, and this presentation will consider the effects of unconditional heteroskedasticity in statistical tests for equal forecast accuracy.

In such a context, it is proposed that two new Diebold-Mariano-type tests for equal forecast accuracy which have two key properties.

First, like the original Diebold-Mariano test, the new tests have size that is robust to heteroskedasticity.

Second, the new tests have the potential to achieve power improvements relative to the original Diebold-Mariano test for a quite general class of loss differential series.

The size validity and potential power superiority of the new tests are studied theoretically and in Monte Carlo simulations. The new tests are applied to competing forecasts for the GBP/USD exchange rate, and also survey-based forecasts for US output.



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Speaker bio

David Harvey is a Professor of Econometrics at the University of Nottingham and a fellow of the Granger Centre for Time Series Econometrics.

His current research interests are in the area of time series econometrics, in particular tests for bubbles, forecast evaluation and predictive regressions.

His work has been published on many top econometrics/economics journals, including;

  • Journal of Econometrics,
  • Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, 
  • Econometric Theory,
  • Journal of Applied Econometrics,

as well as many more.

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