TY - JOUR

T1 - Valid Edgeworth expansions for the whittle maximum likelihood estimator for stationary long-memory Gaussian time series

AU - Andrews, Donald W.K.

AU - Lieberman, Offer

PY - 2005/8

Y1 - 2005/8

N2 - In this paper, we prove the validity of an Edgeworth expansion to the distribution of the Whittle maximum likelihood estimator for stationary long-memory Gaussian models with unknown parameter θ ∈ Θ ⊂ ℝ dθ. The error of the ( s - 2)-order expansion is shown to be o(n -(s-2)/2)- the usual independent and identically distributed rate - for a wide range of models, including the popular ARFIMA(p, d, q) models. The expansion is valid under mild assumptions on the behavior of the spectral density and its derivatives in the neighborhood of the origin. As a by-product, we generalize a theorem by Fox and Taqqu (1987, Probability Theory and Related Fields 74, 213-240) concerning the asymptotic behavior of Toeplitz matrices. Lieberman, Rousseau, and Zucker (2003, Annals of Statistics 31, 586-612) establish a valid Edgeworth expansion for the maximum likelihood estimator for stationary long-memory Gaussian models. For a significant class of models, their expansion is shown to have an error of o(n -1). The results given here improve upon those of Lieberman et al. in that the results provide an Edgeworth expansion for an asymptotically efficient estimator, as Lieberman et al. do, but the error of the expansion is shown to be o(n -(s~2)/2), not o(n -1), for a broad range of models.

AB - In this paper, we prove the validity of an Edgeworth expansion to the distribution of the Whittle maximum likelihood estimator for stationary long-memory Gaussian models with unknown parameter θ ∈ Θ ⊂ ℝ dθ. The error of the ( s - 2)-order expansion is shown to be o(n -(s-2)/2)- the usual independent and identically distributed rate - for a wide range of models, including the popular ARFIMA(p, d, q) models. The expansion is valid under mild assumptions on the behavior of the spectral density and its derivatives in the neighborhood of the origin. As a by-product, we generalize a theorem by Fox and Taqqu (1987, Probability Theory and Related Fields 74, 213-240) concerning the asymptotic behavior of Toeplitz matrices. Lieberman, Rousseau, and Zucker (2003, Annals of Statistics 31, 586-612) establish a valid Edgeworth expansion for the maximum likelihood estimator for stationary long-memory Gaussian models. For a significant class of models, their expansion is shown to have an error of o(n -1). The results given here improve upon those of Lieberman et al. in that the results provide an Edgeworth expansion for an asymptotically efficient estimator, as Lieberman et al. do, but the error of the expansion is shown to be o(n -(s~2)/2), not o(n -1), for a broad range of models.

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U2 - 10.1017/S0266466605050383

DO - 10.1017/S0266466605050383

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AN - SCOPUS:17444403005

SN - 0266-4666

VL - 21

SP - 710

EP - 734

JO - Econometric Theory

JF - Econometric Theory

IS - 4

ER -