Hypothesis testing in linear regression when k/nk/n is large

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2011-01-01
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Calhoun, Gray
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Economics

The Department of Economic Science was founded in 1898 to teach economic theory as a truth of industrial life, and was very much concerned with applying economics to business and industry, particularly agriculture. Between 1910 and 1967 it showed the growing influence of other social studies, such as sociology, history, and political science. Today it encompasses the majors of Agricultural Business (preparing for agricultural finance and management), Business Economics, and Economics (for advanced studies in business or economics or for careers in financing, management, insurance, etc).

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The Department of Economic Science was founded in 1898 under the Division of Industrial Science (later College of Liberal Arts and Sciences); it became co-directed by the Division of Agriculture in 1919. In 1910 it became the Department of Economics and Political Science. In 1913 it became the Department of Applied Economics and Social Science; in 1924 it became the Department of Economics, History, and Sociology; in 1931 it became the Department of Economics and Sociology. In 1967 it became the Department of Economics, and in 2007 it became co-directed by the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Business.

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  • Department of Economic Science (1898–1910)
  • Department of Economics and Political Science (1910-1913)
  • Department of Applied Economics and Social Science (1913–1924)
  • Department of Economics, History and Sociology (1924–1931)
  • Department of Economics and Sociology (1931–1967)

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This paper derives the asymptotic distribution of the FF-test for the significance of linear regression coefficients as both the number of regressors, kk, and the number of observations, nn, increase together so that their ratio remains positive in the limit. The conventional critical values for this test statistic are too small, and the standard version of the FF-test is invalid under this asymptotic theory. This paper provides a correction to the FF statistic that gives correctly-sized tests both under this paper’s limit theory and also under conventional asymptotic theory that keeps kk finite. This paper also presents simulations that indicate the new statistic can perform better in small samples than the conventional test. The statistic is then used to reexamine Olivei and Tenreyro’s results from [Olivei, G., Tenreyro, S., 2007. The timing of monetary policy shocks. The American Economic Review 97, 636–663] and Sala-i-Martin’s results from [Sala-i-Martin, X.X., 1997. I just ran two million regressions.

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