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Matei Demetrescu
 
''Panel unit root testing and the martingale difference hypothesis for German stocks''
( 2009, Vol. 29 No.3 )
 
 
Several panel unit root tests based on different ways to account for cross-unit dependence are reviewed. The note then illustrates the tests by checking whether the martingale difference hypothesis is appropriate for stock prices on the German stock market: according to the martingale difference hypothesis, logarithmized stock prices follow an integrated process without short-run dynamics. Compared with usual tests for no autocorrelation, unit root tests do not require strong moment conditions and can cope with stock returns series exhibiting infinite kurtosis. Evidence against the martingale difference hypothesis is found in a panel of 30 DAX stocks observed daily between 2004 and 2007.
 
 
Keywords: Stock price behavior, Dickey-Fuller test, fractional integration, cross-dependent panel, cross-correlation
JEL: C3 - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions
 
Manuscript Received : Mar 18 2009 Manuscript Accepted : Jul 24 2009

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