Improving likelihood-ratio-based confidence intervals for threshold parameters in finite samples

Luiggi Donayre, Yunjong Eo, James Morley

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Within the context of threshold regressions, we show that asymptotically-valid likelihood-ratio-based confidence intervals for threshold parameters perform poorly in finite samples when the threshold effect is large. A large threshold effect leads to a poor approximation of the profile likelihood in finite samples such that the conventional approach to constructing confidence intervals excludes the true threshold parameter value too often, resulting in low coverage rates. We propose a conservative modification to the standard likelihood-ratio-based confidence interval that has coverage rates at least as high as the nominal level, while still being informative in the sense of including relatively few observations of the threshold variable. An application to thresholds for US industrial production growth at a disaggregated level shows the empirical relevance of applying the proposed approach.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20160084
JournalStudies in Nonlinear Dynamics and Econometrics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Feb 23
Externally publishedYes

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  • confidence interval
  • finite-sample inference
  • inverted likelihood ratio
  • threshold regression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analysis
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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