Title

Tests for Parameter Instability and Structural Change with Unknown Change Point

Document Type

Discussion Paper

Publication Date

4-1-1990

CFDP Number

943

CFDP Pages

78

Abstract

This paper considers tests of parameter instability and structural change with unknown change point. The results apply to a wide class of parametric models including models that satisfy maximum likelihood type regularity conditions and models that are suitable for estimation by generalized method of moments procedures. The paper considers likelihood ratio and likelihood ratio like tests, as well as asymptotically equivalent Wald and Lagrange multiplier tests. Each test implicitly uses an estimate of change point. Tests of both “pure” and “partial” structural change are discussed.

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