Tests for Cointegration with Structural Breaks Based on Subsamples
Paper number: 07/04
Paper date: August 2007
Paper Category: Working Paper
James Davidson and Andrea Monticini
This paper considers tests for cointegration with allowance for structural breaks, using the extrema of residual-based tests over subsamples of the data. One motivation for the approach is to formalize the practice of data snooping by practitioners, who may examine subsamples after failing to find a predicted cointegrating relationship. Valid critical values for such multiple testing situations may be useful. The methods also have the advantage of not imposing a form for the alternative hypothesis, in particular slope vs. intercept shifts and single versus multiple breaks, and being comparatively easy to compute. A range of alternative subsampling procedures, including sample splits, incremental and rolling samples are tabulated and compared experimentally. Shiller's annual stock prices and dividends series provide an illustration.