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Testing for Smooth Transition Nonlinearity in the Presence of Outliers

Dick van Dijk (), Philip Hans Franses and Andre Lucas ()

Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, 1999, vol. 17, issue 2, 217-35

Abstract: Regime-switching models, like the smooth transition autoregressive (STAR) model, are typically applied to time series of moderate length. Hence, the nonlinear features that these models intend to describe may be reflected in only a few observations. Conversely, neglected outliers in a linear time series of moderate length may incorrectly suggest STAR (or other) type(s of) nonlinearity. In this article, the authors propose outlier robust tests for STAR-type nonlinearity. These tests are designed such that they have a better level and power behavior than standard nonrobust tests in situations with outliers. They formally derive local and global robustness properties of the new tests. Extensive Monte Carlo simulations show the practical usefulness of the robust tests. An application to several quarterly industrial production indexes illustrates that apparent nonlinearity in time series sometimes seems due to only a few outliers.

Date: 1999
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