, Volume 57, Issue 1, pp 51-62
Date: 15 Apr 2014

A note on monitoring time-varying parameters in an autoregression

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We develop a sequential testing approach for a structural change in the parameters of an autoregression, which amounts to an adaptation of the monitoring procedure, outlined in Chu, Stichcombe and White (1996). This procedure has a controlled asymptotic size as one repeats the test. Our method can be used as a general misspecification test. We apply our method to monthly US industrial production in order to investigate if its autoregressive behavior and/or its innovation variance have changed during the twentieth century.

We thank an anonymous referee for several helpful comments.