Estimation of a Noninvertible Moving Average Process: The Case of Overdifferencing

By Charles I. PlosserG. William Schwert
1977| Working Paper No. 359

The effect of differencing all of the variables in a properly specified regression equation is examined. Excessive use of the difference transformation induces a noninvertible moving average (MA) process in the disturbances of the transformed regression. Monte Carlo techniques are used to examine the effects of overdifferencing on the efficiency of regression parameter estimates, inferences based on these estimates, and tests for overdifferencing based oil the estimator of the MA parameter for the disturbances of the differences regression. Overall, the problem of overdifferencing is not serious if careful attention is paid to the properties of the disturbances of regression equations.