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1 Christopher Dougherty EC220 - Introduction to econometrics (chapter 4) Slideshow: Ramsey’s reset test of functional misspecification Original citation: Dougherty, C. (2012) EC220 - Introduction to econometrics (chapter 4). [Teaching Resource] © 2012 The Author This version available at: Available in LSE Learning Resources Online: May 2012 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License. This license allows the user to remix, tweak, and build upon the work even for commercial purposes, as long as the user credits the author and licenses their new creations under the identical terms.

2 RAMSEY’S RESET TEST OF FUNCTIONAL MISSPECIFICATION 1 Ramsey’s RESET test of functional misspecification is intended to provide a simple indicator of evidence of nonlinearity. To implement it, one runs the regression and saves the fitted values of the dependent variable.

3 RAMSEY’S RESET TEST OF FUNCTIONAL MISSPECIFICATION 2 Since, by definition, the fitted values are a linear combination of the explanatory variables, as shown, Y 2 is a linear combination of the squares of the X variables and their interactions. ^

4 Add to the regression specification and test its coefficient RAMSEY’S RESET TEST OF FUNCTIONAL MISSPECIFICATION 3 If Y 2 is added to the regression specification, it should pick up quadratic and interactive nonlinearity, if present, without necessarily being highly correlated with any of the X variables. ^

5 Add to the regression specification and test its coefficient RAMSEY’S RESET TEST OF FUNCTIONAL MISSPECIFICATION 4 If the t statistic for the coefficient of is significant, this indicates that some kind of nonlinearity may be present.

6 RAMSEY’S RESET TEST OF FUNCTIONAL MISSPECIFICATION 5 We will do this for a wage equation. Here is the output from a simple linear regression of EARNINGS on S using EAEF Data Set 21. We save the fitted values as FITTED and generate FITTEDSQ as the square.. reg EARNINGS S Source | SS df MS Number of obs = F( 1, 538) = Model | Prob > F = Residual | R-squared = Adj R-squared = Total | Root MSE = EARNINGS | Coef. Std. Err. t P>|t| [95% Conf. Interval] S | _cons | predict FITTED (option xb assumed; fitted values). gen FITTEDSQ = FITTED*FITTED

7 RAMSEY’S RESET TEST OF FUNCTIONAL MISSPECIFICATION 6 The coefficient of FITTEDSQ is significant at the 5 percent level and nearly at the 1 percent level, indicating that the addition of the square of S would improve the specification of the model. We saw this in a previous slideshow.. reg EARNINGS S FITTEDSQ Source | SS df MS Number of obs = F( 2, 537) = Model | Prob > F = Residual | R-squared = Adj R-squared = Total | Root MSE = EARNINGS | Coef. Std. Err. t P>|t| [95% Conf. Interval] S | FITTEDSQ | _cons |

8 RAMSEY’S RESET TEST OF FUNCTIONAL MISSPECIFICATION 7 However, we also saw that it was better still to use a semilogarithmic specification. The RESET test is intended to detect nonlinearity, but not be specific about the most appropriate nonlinear model.. reg EARNINGS S FITTEDSQ Source | SS df MS Number of obs = F( 2, 537) = Model | Prob > F = Residual | R-squared = Adj R-squared = Total | Root MSE = EARNINGS | Coef. Std. Err. t P>|t| [95% Conf. Interval] S | FITTEDSQ | _cons |

9 RAMSEY’S RESET TEST OF FUNCTIONAL MISSPECIFICATION 8 It may fail to detect some types of nonlinearity. However it does have the virtues of being very easy to implement and consuming only one degree of freedom.. reg EARNINGS S FITTEDSQ Source | SS df MS Number of obs = F( 2, 537) = Model | Prob > F = Residual | R-squared = Adj R-squared = Total | Root MSE = EARNINGS | Coef. Std. Err. t P>|t| [95% Conf. Interval] S | FITTEDSQ | _cons |

10 Copyright Christopher Dougherty These slideshows may be downloaded by anyone, anywhere for personal use. Subject to respect for copyright and, where appropriate, attribution, they may be used as a resource for teaching an econometrics course. There is no need to refer to the author. The content of this slideshow comes from Section 4.3 of C. Dougherty, Introduction to Econometrics, fourth edition 2011, Oxford University Press. Additional (free) resources for both students and instructors may be downloaded from the OUP Online Resource Centre Individuals studying econometrics on their own and who feel that they might benefit from participation in a formal course should consider the London School of Economics summer school course EC212 Introduction to Econometrics or the University of London International Programmes distance learning course 20 Elements of Econometrics


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