Testing for the Markov Property in Time Series


Econometrics Seminar
University of Pennsylvania

3718 Locust Walk
309 McNeil

Philadelphia, PA

United States

Joint with: Yongmiao Hong

The Markov property is a fundamental property in time series analysis and is often assumed in economic and financial modelling. We develop a test for the Markov property using the conditional characteristic function embedded in a frequency domain approach, which checks the implication of the Markov property in every conditional moment (if exist) and over many lags. The proposed test is
applicable to both univariate and multivariate time series with discrete or continuous distributions. Sim-
ulation studies show that with the use of a smoothed nonparametric transition density-based bootstrap
procedure, the proposed test has reasonable sizes and all-around power against non-Markov alternatives in finite samples. We apply the test to a number of financial time series and find some evidence against the Markov property.

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Bin Chen

University of Rochester

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