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Testing for Uncorrelated Residuals in Dynamic Count Models with an Application to Corporate Bankruptcy

Sant'Anna, Pedro H. C. (2013): Testing for Uncorrelated Residuals in Dynamic Count Models with an Application to Corporate Bankruptcy.

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Abstract

This article proposes a new diagnostic test for dynamic count models, which is well suited for risk management. Our test proposal is of the Portmanteau-type test for lack of residual autocorrelation. Unlike previous proposals, the resulting test statistic is asymptotically pivotal when innovations are uncorrelated, but not necessarily iid nor a martingale difference. Moreover, the proposed test is able to detect local alternatives converging to the null at the parametric rate T^{1/2}, with T the sample size.The finite sample performance of the test statistic is examined by means of a Monte Carlo experiment. Finally, using a dataset on U.S. corporate bankruptcies, we apply our test proposal to check if common risk models are correctly specified.

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