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The International Finance Discussion Papers logo links to the International Finance Discussion Papers home page The Fragility of Sensitivity Analysis: An Encompassing Perspective
Neil R. Ericsson
2008-959  (November 2008)

Abstract:  Robustness and fragility in Leamer's sense are defined with respect to a particular coefficient over a class of models. This paper shows that inclusion of the data generation process in that class of models is neither necessary nor sufficient for robustness. This result holds even if the properly specified model has well-determined, statistically significant coefficients. The encompassing principle explains how this result can occur. Encompassing also provides a link to a more common-sense notion of robustness, which is still a desirable property empirically; and encompassing clarifies recent discussion on model averaging and the pooling of forecasts.

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Encompassing, exogeneity, extreme bounds analysis, model averaging, parameter nonconstancy, pooling of forecasts, robustness, regime shifts, sensitivity analysis

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Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, volume 70, forthcoming

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