The dynamic properties of many economic time series variables can be characterised as state-dependent or regime-switching. A popular model to describe this type of non-linear behaviour is the smooth transition model, which accommodates two regimes facilitating a gradual transition from one regime to the other. The first part of this thesis considers three extensions of the basic smooth transition model. Models are developed which allow for more than two regimes, for time-varying properties in conjunction with regime-switching behaviour, and for modeling several time series jointly. Particular emphasis is placed on the inter-related issues of specification and inference in such models. The second part of the thesis concerns the influence of atypical observations on testing procedures for smooth transition non-linearity and on the estimation of smooth transition models. Traditional methods that are used for these purposes are found to be very sensitive to such outliers. Therefore, outlier robust testing procedures and estimation methods are developed

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Franses, Prof. Dr. Ph.H.B.F. (promotor)
Ph.H.B.F. Franses (Philip Hans)
Erasmus University Rotterdam , Thela Thesis, Amsterdam
Tinbergen Instituut Research Series
Erasmus School of Economics

van Dijk, D. (1999, September 16). Smooth Transition Models: Extensions and Outlier Robust Inference (No. 200). Tinbergen Instituut Research Series. Retrieved from