Title

Weak Convergence to Stochastic Integrals for Econometric Applications

Document Type

Discussion Paper

Publication Date

12-1-2014

CFDP Number

1971

CFDP Pages

29

Abstract

Limit theory involving stochastic integrals is now widespread in time series econometrics and relies on a few key results on function space weak convergence. In establishing weak convergence of sample covariances to stochastic integrals, the literature commonly uses martingale and semimartingale structures. While these structures have wide relevance, many applications in econometrics involve a cointegration framework where endogeneity and nonlinearity play a major role and lead to complications in the limit theory. This paper explores weak convergence limit theory to stochastic integral functionals in such settings. We use a novel decomposition of sample covariances of functions of I(1) and I(0) time series that simplifies the asymptotic development and we provide limit results for such covariances when linear process, long memory, and mixing variates are involved in the innovations. The limit results extend earlier findings in the literature, are relevant in many econometric applications, and involve simple conditions that facilitate implementation in practice. A nonlinear extension of FM regression is used to illustrate practical application of the methods.

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