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Joint Econometrics and Statistics Workshop

Sequential Testing for Structural Stability in Approximate Factor Models

Lorenzo Trapani (Cass Business School), joint with Matteo Barigozzi

Friday 10 March 2017 12:00 - 13:00

Leverhulme Library, COL 6.15, 6th Floor, Columbia House, LSE, 69 Aldwych, London WC2B 4RR

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About this event

We develop a a family of monitoring procedures to detect a change in a large factor model. Our statistics are based on the following property of the (r+1)-th eigenvalue of the sample covariance matrix of the data: whilst under the null the (r+1)-th eigenvalue is bounded, under the alternative of a change (either in the loadings, or in the number of factors itself) it becomes spiked. Given that the sample eigenvalue does not have a known limiting distribution under the null, we regularise the problem by randomising the test statistic in conjunction with sample conditioning, obtaining a sequence of i.i.d., asymptotically chi-squared statistics which are then employed to build the monitoring scheme. Numerical evidence shows that our procedure works very well in finite samples, with a very small probability of false detections and tight detection times in presence of a genuine change point.

Econometrics and Statistics seminars are held on Fridays in term time at 12:00-13:00, ONLINE, unless specified otherwise.

Seminar organisers: Dr Tatiana Komarova and Dr Yunxiao Chen.

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This event will take place in Leverhulme Library, COL 6.15, 6th Floor, Columbia House, LSE, 69 Aldwych, London WC2B 4RR. The building is labelled on the map.

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