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Title: The impact of the presence of autoregressive conditional heteroscedasticity (ARCH) effects on spurious regressions
Authors: Nixon S. Chekenya
Canicio Dzingirai
Department of Managerial Accounting and Finance Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
Department of Economics, Midlands State University, Zimbabwe
Keywords: Monte carlo analysis
Nonsensical regressions
Data generating process
Stationary and non-stationary series
Issue Date: 20-Apr-2020
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract: Spurious (nonsensical) regressions with independent random walks or even with stationary series are well known. However, how their spuriosity is affected by nonlinearity in series has been scantly addressed. In this study, we examine, using Monte Carlo analysis, the effect of autoregressive conditional Heteroskedasticity (ARCH) on nonsensical regressions and we find that ARCH can neutralize most of spuriosity. Specifically, our analysis of finite sample behavior of the t-ratio in a spurious regression framework where ARCH effects are included in a Data Generating Process (DGP) model and Monte Carlo experiments show that large ARCH effects somehow weaken the degree of spuriosity. This will have implications for unit root and cointegration analysis. Our simulations suggest that many of the regressions in the literature, based on individual predictor variables, may be spurious.
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