Robust Non-nested Testing for Ordinary Least Squares Regression when Some of the Regressors are Lagged Dependent Variables


  • I am grateful to Peter Burridge and two referees for their helpful comments.


The problem of testing non-nested regression models that include lagged values of the dependent variable as regressors is discussed. It is argued that it is essential to test for error autocorrelation if ordinary least squares and the associated J and F tests are to be used. A heteroskedasticity–robust joint test against a combination of the artificial alternatives used for autocorrelation and non-nested hypothesis tests is proposed. Monte Carlo results indicate that implementing this joint test using a wild bootstrap method leads to a well-behaved procedure and gives better control of finite sample significance levels than asymptotic critical values.