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1 Chapter 2 Regression Analysis and Forecasting Models A forecast is merely a prediction about the future values of data. However, most extrapolative model forecasts assume that the past is a proxy for the future. That is, the economic data for the period will be driven by the same variables as was the case for the period, or the period. There are many traditional models for forecasting: exponential smoothing, regression, time series, and composite model forecasts, often involving expert forecasts. Regression analysis is a statistical technique to analyze quantitative data to estimate model parameters and make forecasts. We introduce the reader to regression analysis in this chapter. The horizontal line is called the -axis and the vertical line the Y-axis. Regression analysis looks for a relationship between the variable (sometimes called the independent or explanatory variable) and the Y variable (the dependent variable). For example, might be the aggregate level of personal disposable income in the United States and Y would represent personal consumption expenditures in the United States, an example used in Guerard and Schwartz (2007). By looking up these numbers for a number of years in the past, we can plot points on the graph. More specifically, regression analysis seeks to find the line of best fit through the points. Basically, the regression line is drawn to best approximate the relationship J.B. Guerard, Jr., Introduction to Financial Forecasting in Investment Analysis, DOI / _2, # Springer Science+Business Media New York

2 20 2 Regression Analysis and Forecasting Models between the two variables. Techniques for estimating the regression line (i.e., its intercept on the Y-axis and its slope) are the subject of this chapter. Forecasts using the regression line assume that the relationship which existed in the past between the two variables will continue to exist in the future. There may be times when this assumption is inappropriate, such as the Great Recession of 2008 when the housing market bubble burst. The forecaster must be aware of this potential pitfall. Once the regression line has been estimated, the forecaster must provide an estimate of the future level of the independent variable. The reader clearly sees that the forecast of the independent variable is paramount to an accurate forecast of the dependent variable. Regression analysis can be expanded to include more than one independent variable. Regressions involving more than one independent variable are referred to as multiple regression. For example, the forecaster might believe that the number of cars sold depends not only on personal disposable income but also on the level of interest rates. Historical data on these three variables must be obtained and a plane of best fit estimated. Given an estimate of the future level of personal disposable income and interest rates, one can make a forecast of car sales. Regression capabilities are found in a wide variety of software packages and hence are available to anyone with a microcomputer. Microsoft Excel, a popular spreadsheet package, SAS, SCA, RATS, and EViews can do simple or multiple regressions. Many statistics packages can do not only regressions but also other quantitative techniques such as those discussed in Chapter 3 (Time Series Analysis and Forecasting). In simple regression analysis, one seeks to measure the statistical association between two variables, and Y. Regression analysis is generally used to measure how changes in the independent variable,, influence changes in the dependent variable, Y. Regression analysis shows a statistical association or correlation among variables, rather than a causal relationship among variables. The case of simple, linear, least squares regression may be written in the form Y ¼ a þ b þ e; (2.1) where Y, the dependent variable, is a linear function of, the independent variable. The parameters a and b characterize the population regression line and e is the randomly distributed error term. The regression estimates of a and b will be derived from the principle of least squares. In applying least squares, the sum of the squared regression errors will be minimized; our regression errors equal the actual dependent variable minus the estimated value from the regression line. If Y represents the actual value and Y the estimated value, then their difference is the error term, e. Least squares regression minimized the sum of the squared error terms. The simple regression line will yield an estimated value of Y, ^Y, by the use of the sample regression: ^Y ¼ a þ b: (2.2) In the estimation (2.2), a is the least squares estimate of a and b is the estimate of b. Thus, a and b are the regression constants that must be estimated. The least

3 2 Regression Analysis and Forecasting Models 21 squares regression constants (or statistics) a and b are unbiased and efficient (smallest variance) estimators of a and b. The error term, e i, is the difference between the actual and estimated dependent variable value for any given independent variable values, i. e i ¼ ^Y i Y i : (2.3) The regression error term, e i, is the least squares estimate of e i, the actual error term. 1 To minimize the error terms, the least squares technique minimizes the sum of the squares error terms of the N observations, N e 2 i : (2.4) The error terms from the N observations will be minimized. Thus, least squares regression minimizes: N e 2 i ¼ N ½Y i ^Y i Š 2 ¼ N ½Y i ða þ b i ÞŠ 2 : (2.5) To assure that a minimum is reached, the partial derivatives of the squared error terms function N will be taken with respect to a and b. ¼½Y i ða þ b i ÞŠ PN e 2 ¼ 2 N ðy i a b i Þð 1Þ ¼ 2 N Y i N! a b N i 1 The reader is referred to an excellent statistical reference, S. Makridakis, S.C. Wheelwright, and R. J. Hyndman, Forecasting: Methods and Applications, Third Edition (New York; Wiley, 1998), Chapter 5.

4 22 2 Regression Analysis and Forecasting PN e 2 ¼ 2 N ðy i a b i Þð iþ ¼ 2 N Y i i N 1 2 i b N! : The partial derivatives will then be set equal to PN e PN e 2 ¼ 2 ¼ 2 N N Y i N Y i N! a b N i ¼ l b N! ¼ 0: (2.6) Rewriting these equations, one obtains the normal equations: N N Y i ¼ N Y i i ¼ a N a þ b N i i þ b N 2 1 : (2.7) Solving the normal equations simultaneously for a and b yields the least squares regression estimates: ^a ¼ ^b ¼ P N P N i 2 N PN i 2 P N i Y i N PN i 2 Y i PN i Y i 2 ; PN i PN P N Y i 2 : i PN i (2.8) An estimation of the regression line s coefficients and goodness of fit also can be found in terms of expressing the dependent and independent variables in terms of deviations from their means, their sample moments. The sample moments will be denoted by M.

5 2 Regression Analysis and Forecasting Models 23 M ¼ N M Y ¼ N ¼ N N ¼ N N M YY ¼ N ¼ N x i y i ¼ N x 2 i ¼ N i i Y i y 2 i ¼ N N Yi 2 ðx i x Þ 2 N ð i N! i! i! 2 ÞðY i Y Þ N ðy Y Þ 2 N ðy i Þ 2 : The slope of the regression line, b, can be found by Y i! a ¼ P N Y i N b ¼ M Y M (2.9) b P N i N ¼ y b : (2.10) The standard error of the regression line can be found in terms of the sample moments. S 2 e ¼ M ðm YY Þ ðm Y Þ 2 NðN 2ÞM qffiffiffiffi S e ¼ : S 2 e (2.11) The major benefit in calculating the sample moments is that the correlation coefficient, r, and the coefficient of determination, r 2, can easily be found. M Y r ¼ ðm ÞðM YY Þ R 2 ¼ðrÞ 2 : (2.12)

6 24 2 Regression Analysis and Forecasting Models The coefficient of determination, R 2, is the percentage of the variance of the dependent variable explained by the independent variable. The coefficient of determination cannot exceed 1 nor be less than zero. In the case of R 2 ¼ 0, the regression line s Y ¼ Y and no variation in the dependent variable are explained. If the dependent variable pattern continues as in the past, the model with time as the independent variable should be of good use in forecasting. The firm can test whether the a and b coefficients are statistically different from zero, the generally accepted null hypothesis. A t-test is used to test the two null hypotheses: H 01 : a ¼ 0 H A1 : a ne 0 H 02 : b ¼ 0 H A2 : b ne 0, where ne denotes not equal. The H 0 represents the null hypothesis while H A represents the alternative hypothesis. To reject the null hypothesis, the calculated t-value must exceed the critical t-value given in the t-tables in the appendix. The calculated t-values for a and b are found by t a ¼ a a S e t b ¼ b b S e sffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffi NðM Þ M þðn Þ 2 rffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffi ðm Þ : N (2.13) The critical t-value, t c, for the 0.05 level of significance with N 2 degrees of freedom can be found in a t-table in any statistical econometric text. One has a statistically significant regression model if one can reject the null hypothesis of the estimated slope coefficient. We can create 95% confidence intervals for a and b, where the limits of a and b are sffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffi þ ðn Þ 2 þ M a þ ta= 2 S e NðM Þ rffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffi N b þ ta= 2 S e : M To test whether the model is a useful model, an F-test is performed where H 0 ¼ a ¼ b ¼ 0 H A ¼ a ne b ne 0 (2.14)

7 Examples of Financial Economic Data 25 F ¼ P N P N Y 2 1 b 2 PN e 2 N 2 i 2 : (2.15) As the calculated F-value exceeds the critical F-value with (1, N 2) degrees of freedom of 5.99 at the 0.05 level of significance, the null hypothesis must be rejected. The 95% confidence level limit of prediction can be found in terms of the dependent variable value: sffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffi ða þ b 0 Þþta= 2 S e Nð 0 Þ 2 : 1 þ N þ M (2.16) Examples of Financial Economic Data The most important use of simple linear regression as developed in (2.9) and (2.10) is the estimation of a security beta. A security beta is estimated by running a regression of 60 months of security returns as a function of market returns. The market returns are generally the Standard & Poor s 500 (S&P500) index or a capitalization-weighted index, such as the value-weighted Index from the Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP) at the University of Chicago. The data for beta estimations can be downloaded from the Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) database. The beta estimation for IBM from January 2005 to December 2009, using monthly S&P 500 and the value-weighted CRSP Index, produces a beta of approximately Thus, if the market is expected to increase 10% in the coming year, then one would expect IBM to return about 8%. The beta estimation of IBM as a function of the S&P 500 Index using the SAS system is shown in Table 2.1. The IBM beta is The t-statistic of the beta coefficient, the slope of the regression line, is 5.53, which is highly statistically significant. The critical 5% t-value is with 30 degrees of freedom 1.96, whereas the critical level of the t- statistic at the 10% is The IBM beta is statistically different from zero. The IBM beta is not statistically different from one; the normalized z-statistical is significantly less than 1. That is, divided by the regression coefficient standard error of produces a Z-statistic of 1.39, which is less than the critical level of (at the 10% level) or 1.96 (at the 5% critical level). The IBM beta is 0.78 (the corresponding t-statistic is 5.87) when calculated versus the valueweighted CRSP Index. 2 2 See Fama, Foundations of Finance, 1976, Chapter 3, p , for an IBM beta estimation with an equally weighted CRSP Index.

8 26 2 Regression Analysis and Forecasting Models Table 2.1 WRDS IBM Beta 1/ /2009 Dependent variable: ret Number of observations read: 60 Number of observations used: 60 Analysis of variance Source DF Sum of squares Mean square F-value Pr > F Model < Error Corrected total Root MSE R Dependent mean Adjusted R Coeff var Parameter estimates Variable DF Parameter estimate Standard error t-value Pr > t Intercept Sprtrn < Table 2.2 An Estimated Consumption Function, Dependent variable: RPCE Method: least squares Sample(adjusted): 1,259 Included observations: 259 after adjusting endpoints Variable Coefficient Std. error t-statistic Prob. C RPDI R Mean dependent var 4, Adjusted R S.D. dependent var 2, S.E. of regression Akaike info criterion Sum squared resid 2,671,147 Schwarz criterion Log likelihood 1, F-statistic 166,081.6 Durbin Watson stat Prob(F-statistic) Let us examine another source of real-business economic and financial data. The St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank has an economic database, denoted FRED, containing some 41,000 economic series, available at no cost, via the Internet, at Readers are well aware that consumption makes up the majority of real Gross Domestic Product, denoted GDP, the accepted measure of output in our economy. Consumption is the largest expenditure, relative to gross investment, government spending, and net exports in GDP data. If we download and graph real GDP and real consumption expenditures from FRED from 1947 to 2011, shown in Chart 2, one finds that real GDP and real consumption expenditures, in 2005 \$, have risen substantially in the postwar period. Moreover, there is a highly statistical significant relationship between real GDP and consumption if one estimates an ordinary least squares (OLS) line of the form of (2.8) with real GDP as the dependent variable and real consumption as the independent variable. The reader is referred to Table 2.2.

9 Examples of Financial Economic Data 27 Table 2.3 An estimated consumption function, with lagged income Dependent variable: RPCE Method: least squares Sample(adjusted): 2,259 Included observations: 258 after adjusting endpoints Variable Coefficient Std. error t-statistic Prob. C RPDI LRPDI R Mean dependent var 4, Adjusted R S.D. dependent var 2, S.E. of regression Akaike info criterion Sum squared resid 2,629,810 Schwarz criterion Log likelihood 1, F-statistic 83, Durbin Watson stat Prob(F-statistic) RGDP RCONS Jan-47 Jan-50 Jan-53 Jan-56 Jan-59 Jan-62 Jan-65 Jan-68 Jan-71 Jan-74 Jan-77 Jan-80 Jan-83 Jan-86 Jan-89 Jan-92 Jan-95 Jan-98 \$B (2005 Dollars) Jan-01 Jan-04 Jan-07 Jan-10 Time Source: US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Series GDPC1 and PCECC96, , seasonally-adjusted, Chained 2005 Dollars The slope of consumption function is 0.93, and is highly statistically significant. 3 The introduction of current and lagged income variables in the consumption function regression produces statistically significant coefficients on both current and lagged income, although the lagged income variable is statistically significant at the 10% level. The estimated regression line, shown in Table 2.3, is highly statistically significant. 3 In recent years the marginal propensity to consume has risen to the 0.90 to 0.97 range, see Joseph Stiglitz, Economics, 1993, p.745.

10 28 2 Regression Analysis and Forecasting Models Table 2.4 An estimated consumption function, with twice-lagged consumption Dependent variable: RPCE Method: least squares Included observations: 257 after adjusting endpoints Variable Coefficient Std. error t-statistic Prob. C RPDI LRPDI L2RPDI R Mean dependent var 4, Adjusted R S.D. dependent var 2, S.E. of regression Akaike info criterion Sum squared resid 2,606,723 Schwarz criterion Log likelihood 1, F-statistic 55, Durbin Watson stat Prob(F-statistic) The introduction of current and once- and twice-lagged income variables in the consumption function regression produces statistically significant coefficients on both current and lagged income, although the lagged income variable is statistically significant at the 20% level. The twice-lagged income variable is not statistically significant. The estimated regression line, shown in Table 2.4, is highly statistically significant. Autocorrelation An estimated regression equation is plagued by the first-order correlation of residuals. That is, the regression error terms are not white noise (random) as is assumed in the general linear model, but are serially correlated where e t ¼ re t¼1 þ U t ; t ¼ 1; 2;...; N (2.17) e t ¼ regression error term at time t, r ¼ first-order correlation coefficient, and U t ¼ normally and independently distributed random variable. The serial correlation of error terms, known as autocorrelation, is a violation of a regression assumption and may be corrected by the application of the Cochrane Orcutt (CORC) procedure. 4 Autocorrelation produces unbiased, the expected value of parameter is the population parameter, but inefficient parameters. The variances of the parameters are biased (too low) among the set of linear unbiased estimators and the sample t- and F-statistics are too large. The CORC 4 D. Cochrane and G.H. Orcutt, Application of Least Squares Regression to Relationships Containing Autocorrelated Error Terms, Journal of the American Statistical Association, 1949, 44:

11 Autocorrelation 29 procedure was developed to produce the best linear unbiased estimators (BLUE) given the autocorrelation of regression residuals. The CORC procedure uses the information implicit in the first-order correlative of residuals to produce unbiased and efficient estimators: Y t ¼ a þ b t þ e t P et ; e t 1 ^r ¼ P e 2 t 1 : The dependent and independent variables are transformed by the estimated rho, ^r, to obtain more efficient OLS estimates: Y t ry t 1 ¼ aðl rþþbð t r t 1 Þþut: (2.19) The CORC procedure is an iterative procedure that can be repeated until the coefficients converge. One immediately recognizes that as r approaches unity the regression model approaches a first-difference model. The Durbin Watson, D W, statistic was developed to test for the absence of autocorrelation: H 0 : r ¼ 0. One generally tests for the presence of autocorrelation (r ¼ 0) using the Durbin Watson statistic: D W ¼ d ¼ P N t¼2 ðe t ¼ e t 1 Þ 2 P N e 2 t t¼2 : (2.20) The es represent the OLS regression residuals and a two-tailed tail is employed to examine the randomness of residuals. One rejects the null hypothesis of no statistically significant autocorrelation if d<d L or d>4 d U ; where d L is the lower Durbin Watson level and d U is the upper Durbin Watson level. The upper and lower level Durbin Watson statistic levels are given in Johnston (1972). The Durbin Watson statistic is used to test only for first-order correlation among residuals. D ¼ 21 ð rþ: (2.21) If the first-order correlation of model residuals is zero, the Durbin Watson statistic is 2. A very low value of the Durbin Watson statistic, d < d L, indicates

12 30 2 Regression Analysis and Forecasting Models Table 2.5 An estimated consumption function, Dependent variable: D(RPCE) Method: least squares Included observations: 258 after adjusting endpoints Variable Coefficient Std. error t-statistic Prob. C D(RPDI) R Mean dependent var Adjusted R S.D. dependent var S.E. of regression Akaike info criterion Sum squared resid 238,396.7 Schwarz criterion Log likelihood 1, F-statistic Durbin-Watson stat Prob(F-statistic) positive autocorrelation between residuals and produces a regression model that is not statistically plagued by autocorrelation. The inconclusive range for the estimated Durbin Watson statistic is d L <d<d U or 4 d U <4 d U : One does not reject the null hypothesis of no autocorrelation of residuals if d U < d < 4 d U. One of the weaknesses of the Durbin Watson test for serial correlation is that only first-order autocorrelation of residuals is examined; one should plot the correlation of residual with various time lags corr ðe t ; e t k Þ to identify higher-order correlations among residuals. The reader may immediately remember that the regressions shown in Tables had very low Durbin Watson statistics and were plagued by autocorrelation. We first-difference the consumption function variables and rerun the regressions, producing Tables The R 2 values are lower, but the regressions are not plagued by autocorrelation. In financial economic modeling, one generally first-differences the data to achieve stationarity, or a series with a constant standard deviation. The introduction of current and lagged income variables in the consumption function regression produces statistically significant coefficients on both current and lagged income, although the lagged income variable is statistically significant at the 10% level. The estimated regression line, shown in Table 2.6, is highly statistically significant, and is not plagued by autocorrelation. The introduction of current and lagged income variables in the consumption function regression produces statistically significant coefficients on both current and lagged income, statistically significant at the 1% level. The estimated regression line, shown in Table 2.5, is highly statistically significant, and is not plagued by autocorrelation.

13 Autocorrelation 31 Table 2.6 An estimated consumption function, with lagged income Dependent variable: D(RPCE) Method: least squares Included observations: 257 after adjusting endpoints Variable Coefficient Std. error t-statistic Prob. C D(RPDI) D(LRPDI) R Mean dependent var Adjusted R S.D. dependent var S.E. of regression Akaike info criterion Sum squared resid 198,105.2 Schwarz criterion Log likelihood 1, F-statistic Durbin-Watson stat Prob(F-statistic) Table 2.7 An estimated consumption function, with twice-lagged consumption Dependent variable: D(RPCE) Method: least squares Included observations: 256 after adjusting endpoints Variable Coefficient Std. error t-statistic Prob. C D(RPDI) D(LRPDI) D(L2RPDI) R Mean dependent var Adjusted R S.D. dependent var S.E. of regression Akaike info criterion Sum squared resid 196,017.3 Schwarz criterion Log likelihood 1, F-statistic Durbin Watson stat Prob(F-statistic) The introduction of current and once- and twice-lagged income variables in the consumption function regression produces statistically significant coefficients on both current and lagged income, although the twice-lagged income variable is statistically significant at the 15% level. The estimated regression line, shown in Table 2.7, is highly statistically significant, and is not plagued by autocorrelation. Many economic time series variables increase as a function of time. In such cases, a nonlinear least squares (NLLS) model may be appropriate; one seeks to estimate an equation in which the dependent variable increases by a constant growth rate rather than a constant amount. 5 The nonlinear regression equation is 5 The reader is referred to C.T. Clark and L.L. Schkade, Statistical Analysis for Administrative Decisions (Cincinnati: South-Western Publishing Company, 1979) and Makridakis, Wheelwright, and Hyndman, Op. Cit., 1998, pages , for excellent treatments of this topic.

14 32 2 Regression Analysis and Forecasting Models Y ¼ ab x or log Y ¼ log a þ log B: (2.22) The normal equations are derived from minimizing the sum of the squared error terms (as in OLS) and may be written as ðlog Y ð log Y Þ ¼ Nðlog a Þþðlog bþ Þ ¼ ðlog aþ þ ðlog bþ 2 : (2.23) The solutions to the simplified NLLS estimation equation are P ðlog YÞ log a ¼ N (2.24) log b ¼ P ð log YÞ P 2 : (2.25) Multiple Regression It may well be that several economic variables influence the variable that one is interested in forecasting. For example, the levels of the Gross National Product (GNP), personal disposable income, or price indices can assert influences on the firm. Multiple regression is an extremely easy statistical tool for researchers and management to employ due to the great proliferation of computer software. The general form of the two-independent variable multiple regression is Y t ¼ b 1 þ b 2 2t þ b 3 3t þ e t ; t ¼ 1;...; N: (2.26) In matrix notation multiple regression can be written: Y ¼ b þ e: (2.27) Multiple regression requires unbiasedness, the expected value of the error term is zero, and the s are fixed and independent of the error term. The error term is an identically and independently distributed normal variable. Least squares estimation of the coefficients yields ^b ¼ð^b 1 ; ^b 2 ; ^b 3 Þ Y ¼ ^b þ e: (2.28)

15 Multiple Regression 33 Multiple regression, using the least squared principle, minimizes the sum of the squared error terms: N e 2 1 ¼ e0 e ðy ^bþ 0 ðy ^bþ: (2.29) To minimize the sum of the squared error terms, one takes the partial derivative of the squared errors with respect to ^b and the partial derivative set equal to ðe0 ¼ 20 Y þ 2 0 ^b ¼ 0 (2.30) ^b ¼ ð 0 Þ 1 0 Y: Alternatively, one could solve the normal equations for the two-variable to determine the regression coefficients. Y ¼ b1 N þ ^b 2 2 þ ^b Y ¼ ^b 1 2 þ ^b þ ^b Y ¼ ^b 1 3 þ ^b þ ^b : (2.31) When we solved the normal equation, (2.7), to find the a and b that minimized the sum of our squared error terms in simple liner regression, and when we solved the two-variable normal equation, equation (2.31), to find the multiple regression estimated parameters, we made several assumptions. First, we assumed that the error term is independently and identically distributed, i.e., a random variable with an expected value, or mean of zero, and a finite, and constant, standard deviation. The error term should not be a function of time, as we discussed with the Durbin Watson statistic, equation (2.21), nor should the error term be a function of the size of the independent variable(s), a condition known as heteroscedasticity. One may plot the residuals as a function of the independent variable(s) to be certain that the residuals are independent of the independent variables. The error term should be a normally distributed variable. That is, the error terms should have an expected value of zero and 67.6% of the observed error terms should fall within the mean value plus and minus one standard deviation of the error terms (the so-called Bell Curve or normal distribution). Ninety-five percent of the observations should fall within the plus or minus two standard deviation levels, the so-called 95% confidence interval. The presence of extreme, or influential, observations may distort estimated regression lines and the corresponding estimated residuals. Another problem in regression analysis is the assumed independence of the

16 34 2 Regression Analysis and Forecasting Models independent variables in equation (2.31). Significant correlations may produce estimated regression coefficients that are unstable and have the incorrect signs, conditions that we will observe in later chapters. Let us spend some time discussing two problems discussed in this section, the problems of influential observations, commonly known as outliers, and the correlation among independent variables, known as multicollinearity. There are several methods that one can use to identify influential observations or outliers. First, we can plot the residuals and 95% confidence intervals and examine how many observations have residuals falling outside these limits. One should expect no more than 5% of the observations to fall outside of these intervals. One may find that one or two observations may distort a regression estimate even if there are 100 observations in the database. The estimated residuals should be normally distributed, and the ratio of the residuals divided by their standard deviation, known as standardized residuals, should be a normal variable. We showed, in equation (2.31), that in multiple regression ^b ¼ð 0 Þ 0 Y: The residuals of the multiple regression line are given by e ¼ Y 0 ^b: The standardized residual concept can be modified such that the reader can calculate a variation on that term to identify influential observations. If we delete observation i in a regression, we can measure the change in estimated regression coefficients and residuals. Belsley et al. (1980) showed that the estimated regression coefficients change by an amount, DFBETA, where DFBETA i ¼ ð0 Þ 1 0 e i 1 h i ; (2.32) where h i ¼ i ð 0 Þ 1 0 i : The h i or hat term is calculated by deleting observation i. The corresponding residual is known as the studentized residual, sr, and defined as e i sr i ¼ p ^s ffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffi ; (2.33) 1 h i where ^s is the estimated standard deviation of the residuals. A studentized residual that exceeds 2.0 indicates a potential influential observation (Belsley et al. 1980). Another distance measure has been suggested by Cook (1977), which modifies the studentized residual, to calculate a scaled residual known as the Cook distance measure, CookD. As the researcher or modeler deletes observations, one needs to

17 Multiple Regression 35 compare the original matrix of the estimated residual s variance matrix. The COVRATIO calculation performs this calculation, where COVRATIO ¼ h 1 n p 1 n p þ e i ðn pþ i pð1 ; (2.34) hi Þ where n ¼ number of observations, p ¼ number of independent variables, and e i * ¼ deleted observations. If the absolute value of the deleted observation >2, then the COVRATIO calculation approaches 1 3p n : (2.35) A calculated COVRATIO that is larger than 3p/n indicates an influential observation. The DFBETA, studentized residual, CookD, and COVRATIO calculations may be performed within SAS. The identification of influential data is an important component of regression analysis. One may create variables for use in multiple regression that make use of the influential data, or outliers, to which they are commonly referred. The modeler can identify outliers, or influential data, and rerun the OLS regressions on the re-weighted data, a process referred to as robust (ROB) regression. In OLS all data is equally weighted. The weights are 1.0. In ROB regression one weights the data universally with its OLS residual; i.e., the larger the residual, the smaller the weight of the observation in the ROB regression. In ROB regression, several weights may be used. We will see the Huber (1973) and Beaton-Tukey (1974) weighting schemes in our analysis. In the Huber robust regression procedure, one uses the following calculation to weigh the data: j w i ¼ 1 e! ij 2 2 ; (2.36) where e i ¼ residual i, s i ¼ standard deviation of residual, and w i ¼ weight of observation i. The intuition is that the larger the estimated residual, the smaller the weight. A second robust re-weighting scheme is calculated from the Beaton-Tukey biweight criteria where s i je i j s w i ¼ 1 B e B 4:685A A ; if je i j > 4:685; s e (2.37) 1; if je i j < 4:685: s e

18 36 2 Regression Analysis and Forecasting Models A second major problem is one of multicollinearity, the condition of correlations among the independent variables. If the independent variables are perfectly correlated in multiple regression, then the ( 0 ) matrix of (2.31) cannot be inverted and the multiple regression coefficients have multiple solutions. In reality, highly correlated independent variables can produce unstable regression coefficients due to an unstable ( 0 ) 1 matrix. Belsley et al. advocate the calculation of a condition number, which is the ratio of the largest latent root of the correlation matrix relative to the smallest latent root of the correlation matrix. A condition number exceeding 30.0 indicates severe multicollinearity. The latent roots of the correlation matrix of independent variables can be used to estimate regression parameters in the presence of multicollinearity. The latent roots, l 1, l 2,..., l p and the latent vectors g 1, g 2,..., g p of the P independent variables can describe the inverse of the independent variable matrix of (2.29). ð 0 Þ 1 ¼ p j¼1 l 1 j g j g 0 j : Multicollinearity is present when one observes one or more small latent vectors. If one eliminates latent vectors with small latent roots (l < 0.30) and latent vectors (g < 0.10), the principal component or latent root regression estimator may be written as where f j ¼ g 1 P 0l j q g 2 0 l q 1 ; ^b LRR ¼ P where n 2 ¼ Sðy yþ 2 and l are the nonzero latent vectors. One eliminates the latent vectors with non-predictive multicollinearity. We use latent root regression on the Beaton- Tukey weighted data in Chapter 4. j¼0 f j d j ; The Conference Board Composite Index of Leading Economic Indicators and Real US GDP Growth: A Regression Example The composite indexes of leading (leading economic indicators, LEI), coincident, and lagging indicators produced by The Conference Board are summary statistics for the US economy. Wesley Clair Mitchell of Columbia University constructed the indicators in 1913 to serve as a barometer of economic activity. The leading indicator series was developed to turn upward before aggregate economic activity increased, and decrease before aggregate economic activity diminished.

19 The Conference Board Composite Index of Leading Economic Indicators and Real Historically, the cyclical turning points in the leading index have occurred before those in aggregate economic activity, cyclical turning points in the coincident index have occurred at about the same time as those in aggregate economic activity, and cyclical turning points in the lagging index generally have occurred after those in aggregate economic activity. The Conference Board s components of the composite leading index for the year 2002 reflects the work and variables shown in Zarnowitz (1992) list, which continued work of the Mitchell (1913 and 1951), Burns and Mitchell (1946), and Moore (1961). The Conference Board index of leading indicators is composed of 1. Average weekly hours (mfg.) 2. Average weekly initial claims for unemployment insurance 3. Manufacturers new orders for consumer goods and materials 4. Vendor performance 5. Manufacturers new orders of nondefense capital goods 6. Building permits of new private housing units 7. Index of stock prices 8. Money supply 9. Interest rate spread 10. Index of consumer expectations The Conference Board composite index of LEI is an equally weighted index in which its components are standardized to produce constant variances. Details of the LEI can be found on The Conference Board Web site, and the reader is referred to Zarnowitz (1992) for his seminal development of underlying economic assumption and theory of the LEI and business cycles (see Table 2.8). Let us illustrate a regression of real US GDP as a function of current and lagged LEI. The regression coefficient on the LEI variable, 0.232, in Table 2.9, is highly statistically significant because the calculated t-value of 6.84 exceeds 1.96, the 5% critical level. One can reject the null hypothesis of no association between the growth rate of US GDP and the growth rate of the LEI. The reader notes, however, that we estimated the regression line with current, or contemporaneous, values of the LEI series. The LEI series was developed to forecast future economic activity such that current growth of the LEI series should be associated with future US GDP growth rates. Alternatively, one can examine the regression association of the current values of real US GDP growth and previous or lagged values, of the LEI series. How many lags might be appropriate? Let us estimate regression lines using up to four lags of the US LEI series. If one estimates multiple regression lines using the EViews software, as shown in Table 2.10, the first lag of the LEI series is statistically significant, having an estimated t-value of 5.73, and the second lag is also statistically significant, having an estimated t-value of In the regression analysis using three lags of the LEI series, the first and second lagged variables are highly statistically significant, and the third lag is not statistically significant because third LEI lag variable has an estimated t-value of only The critical

20 38 2 Regression Analysis and Forecasting Models Table 2.8 The conference board leading, coincident, and lagging indicator components Standardization Leading index factor 1 BCI-01 Average weekly hours, manufacturing BCI-05 Average weekly initial claims for unemployment insurance BCI-06 Manufacturers new orders, consumer goods and materials BCI-32 Vendor performance, slower deliveries diffusion index BCI-27 Manufacturers new orders, nondefense capital goods BCI-29 Building permits, new private housing units BCI019 Stock prices, 500 common stocks BCI-106 Money supply, M BCI-129 Interest rate spread, 10-year Treasury bonds less federal funds BCI-83 Index of consumer expectations Coincident index 1 BCI-41 Employees on nonagricultural payrolls BCI-51 Personal income less transfer payments BCI-47 Industrial production BCI-57 Manufacturing and trade sales Lagging index 1 BCI-91 Average duration of unemployment BCI-77 Inventories-to-sales ratio, manufacturing and trade BCI-62 Labor cost per unit of output, manufacturing BCI-109 Average prime rate BCI-101 Commercial and industrial loans BCI-95 Consumer installment credit-to-personal income ratio BCI-120 Consumer price index for services Table 2.9 Real US GDP and the leading indicators: A contemporaneous examination Dependent variable: DLOG(RGDP) Sample(adjusted): 2,210 Included observations: 209 after adjusting endpoints Variable Coefficient Std. error t-statistic Prob. C DLOG(LEI) R Mean dependent var Adjusted R S.D. dependent var S.E. of regression Akaike info criterion Sum squared resid Schwarz criterion Log likelihood F-statistic l Durbin Watson stat Prob(F-statistic) t-level at the 10% level is 1.645, for 30 observations, and statistical studies often use the 10% level as a minimum acceptable critical level. The third lag is not statistically significant in the three quarter multiple regression analysis. In the four quarter lags analysis of the LEI series, we report that the lag one variable has a t-statistic of

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