Continuous Record Laplace-based Inference about the Break Date in Structural Change Models
Alessandro Casini () and
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Alessandro Casini: University of Rome Tor Vergata
No WP2020-014, Boston University - Department of Economics - Working Papers Series from Boston University - Department of Economics
Building upon the continuous record asymptotic framework recently introduced by Casini and Perron (2020a) for inference in structural change models, we propose a Laplace-based (Quasi-Bayes) procedure for the construction of the estimate and confidence set for the date of a structural change. It is defined by an integration rather than an optimization-based method. A transformation of the least-squares criterion function is evaluated in order to derive a proper distribution, referred to as the Quasi-posterior. For a given choice of a loss function, the Laplace-type estimator is the minimizer of the expected risk with the expectation taken under the Quasi-posterior. Besides providing an alternative estimate that is more preciseâ€”lower mean absolute error (MAE) and lower root-mean squared error (RMSE)â€”than the usual least-squares one, the Quasi-posterior distribution can be used to construct asymptotically valid inference using the concept of Highest Density Region. The resulting Laplace-based inferential procedure is shown to have lower MAE and RMSE, and the confidence sets strike a better balance between empirical coverage rates and average lengths of the confidence sets relative to traditional long-span methods, whether the break size is small or large.
Keywords: Asymptotic distribution; bias; break date; change-point; Generalized Laplace; infill asymptotics; semimartingale (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C12 C13 C22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 53 pages
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Journal Article: Continuous record Laplace-based inference about the break date in structural change models (2021)
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