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A Generalized Variance Bounds Test

Working Paper 352 | Published June 1, 1987

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A Generalized Variance Bounds Test


This paper derives a variance bounds test for a broad class of linear rational expectations models. According to this test if observed data accords with the model, then a weighted sum of autocovariances of the covariance-stationary components of the endogenous state variables should be nonnegative. The new test reinterprets its forefather—West's [1986] variance bounds test— and extends its applicability by not requiring exogenous state variables in order to be tested. The possibility of the test's application to nonlinear models is also discussed.