Statistical analysis of cointegration vectors

Statistical analysis of cointegration vectors,10.1016/0165-1889(88)90041-3,Journal of Economic Dynamics & Control,Soren Johansen

Statistical analysis of cointegration vectors   (Citations: 2827)
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We consider a nonstationary vector autoregressive process which is integrated of order 1, and generated by i.i.d. Gaussian errors. We then derive the maximum likelihood estimator of the space of cointegration vectors and the likelihood ratio test of the hypothesis that it has a given number of dimensions. Further we test linear hypotheses about the cointegration vectors. The asymptotic distribution of these test statistics are found and the first is described by a natural multivariate version of the usual test for unit root in an autoregressive process, and the other is a x2 test. 1. Introduction The idea of using cointegration vectors in the study of nonstationary time series comes from the work of Granger (1981), Granger and Weiss (1983), Granger and Engle (1985), and Engle and Granger (1987). The connection with error correcting models has been investigated by a number of authors; see Davidson (1986), Stock (1987), and Johansen (1988) among others. Granger and Engle (1987) suggest estimating the cointegration relations using regression, and these estimators have been investigated by Stock (1987), Phillips (1985), Phillips and Durlauf (1986), Phillips and Park (1986a, b, 1987), Phillips and Ouliaris (1986,1987), Stock and Watson (1987), and Sims, Stock and Watson (1986). The purpose of this paper is to derive maximum likelihood estimators of the cointegration vectors for an autoregressive process with independent Gaussian errors, and to derive a likelihood ratio test for the hypothesis that there is a given number of these. A similar approach has been taken by Ahn and Reinsel (1987). This program will not only give good estimates and test statistics in the Gaussian case, but will also yield estimators and tests, the properties of which can be investigated under various other assumptions about the underlying data generating process. The reason for expecting the estimators to behave better *The simulations were carefully performed by Marc Andersen with the support of the Danish Social Science Research Council. The author is very grateful to the referee whose critique of the first version greatly helped improve the presentation.
Journal: Journal of Economic Dynamics & Control - J ECON DYN CONTROL , vol. 12, no. 2-3, pp. 231-254, 1988
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