Journal Of The Econometric Society

An International Society for the Advancement of Economic
Theory in its Relation to Statistics and Mathematics

Edited by: Guido W. Imbens • Print ISSN: 0012-9682 • Online ISSN: 1468-0262

Econometrica: Nov, 1988, Volume 56, Issue 6

Asymptotic Normality, When Regressors Have a Unit Root<1397:ANWRHA>2.0.CO;2-K
p. 1397-1417

Kenneth D. West

Under fairly general conditions, ordinary least squares and linear instrumental variables estimators are asymptotically normal when a regression equation has nonstationary right-hand side variables. Standard formulas may be used to calculate a consistent estimate of the asymptotic variance covariance matrix of the estimated parameter vector, even if the disturbances are conditionally heteroskedastic and autocorrelated. So inference may proceed in the usual way. The key requirements are that the nonstationary variables share a common unit root and that the unconditional mean of their first differences is nonzero.

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