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Keywords:

  • Autoregressive models with exogenous variables;
  • Bayesian methods;
  • Generalized autoregressive conditional heteroscedasticity models;
  • Markov chain Monte Carlo methods;
  • Stochastic search variable selection;
  • Stock-markets

Summary.  We develop an efficient way to select the best subset autoregressive model with exogenous variables and generalized autoregressive conditional heteroscedasticity errors. One main feature of our method is to select important autoregressive and exogenous variables, and at the same time to estimate the unknown parameters. The method proposed uses the stochastic search idea. By adopting Markov chain Monte Carlo techniques, we can identify the best subset model from a large of number of possible choices. A simulation experiment shows that the method is very effective. Misspecification in the mean equation can also be detected by our model selection method. In the application to the stock-market data of seven countries, the lagged 1 US return is found to have a strong influence on the other stock-market returns.