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Testing Models of Low-Frequency Variability

Ulrich Mueller, Mark W. Watson

NBER Working Paper No. 12671
Issued in November 2006
NBER Program(s):   EFG   ME

We develop a framework to assess how successfully standard times eries models explain low-frequency variability of a data series. The low-frequency information is extracted by computing a finite number of weighted averages of the original data, where the weights are low-frequency trigonometric series. The properties of these weighted averages are then compared to the asymptotic implications of a number of common time series models. We apply the framework to twenty U.S. macroeconomic and financial time series using frequencies lower than the business cycle.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w12671

Published: Müller, Ulrich K. and Mark W. Watson. "Testing Models of Low-Frequency Variability." Econometrica 76, 5 (2008): 979-1016. citation courtesy of

 
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