Model Selection in Partially Nonstationary Vector Autoregressive Processes with Reduced Rank Structure

J.C. Chao and P. C. B. Phillips , Journal of Econometrics 91(2) , 227-271 , August 1999.

The current practice for determining the number of linearly independent cointegrating vectors, or the cointegrating rank, in a vector autoregression (VAR) requires the investigator to perform a sequence of cointegration tests. However, as was shown inJohansen (1992), this type of sequential procedure does not lead to consistent estimation of the cointegrating rank. Moreover, these methods take as given the correct specification of the lag order of the VAR, though in actual applications the true lag length is rarely known. Simulation studies by Toda and Phillips (1994) and Chao (1995), on the other hand, have shown that test performance of these procedures can be adversely affected by lag misspecification.

This paper addresses these issues by extending the analysis of Phillips and Ploberger (1996) on the Posterior Information Criterion (PIC) to a partially nonstationary vector autoregressive process with reduced rank structure. This extension allows lag length and cointegrating rank to be jointly selected by the criterion, and it leads to the consistent estimation of both. In addition, we also evaluate the finite sample performance of PIC relative to existing model selection procedures, BIC and AIC, through a Monte Carlo study. Results here show PIC to perform at least as well and sometimes better than the other two methods in all the cases examined.

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