Breusch-Pagan Test with R

Last Update: December 15, 2020

Multiple regression assumptions consist of independent variables correct specification, independent variables no linear dependence, regression correct functional form, residuals no autocorrelation, residuals homoscedasticity and residuals normality.

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Residuals homoscedasticity consists of evaluating whether regression residuals or forecasting errors have a constant variance.

This is evaluated through Breusch-Pagan heteroscedasticity test [1] which consists of using squared original regression residuals data as dependent variable together with original regression independent variables and assessing if independent variables are jointly statistically significant.

1. Formula notation.

1.1. Breusch-Pagan test formula notation.

  • Note: number of original regression independent or explanatory variables not fixed and only included for educational purposes.


Where \hat{\varepsilon}_{t}^2 = squared original regression estimated residuals or forecasting errors, \alpha = regression constant or intercept, \beta_{1},\beta_{2} = regression coefficients, x_{1,t},x_{2,t} = original regression independent or explanatory variables data, e_{t} = regression residuals or forecasting errors.

1.2. Breusch-Pagan test.

Breusch-Pagan Lagrange multiplier statistic p-value:

  • If Breusch-Pagan Lagrange multiplier statistic p-value<\alpha level of statistical significance then residuals were heteroscedastic with (1-\alpha) level of statistical confidence.
  • If Breusch-Pagan Lagrange multiplier statistic p-value>\alpha level of statistical significance then residuals were homoscedastic with (1-\alpha) level of statistical confidence.

2. R script code example.

2.1. Load R packages [2].


2.2. Breusch-Pagan test data.

  • Data: S&P 500® index replicating ETF (ticker symbol: SPY) adjusted close prices arithmetic monthly returns, 1 Year U.S. Treasury Bill Yield, 10 Years U.S. Treasury Note Yield, Merrill Lynch U.S. High Yield Corporate Bond Index Yield effective monthly yields, U.S. Consumer Price Index, U.S. Producer Price Index monthly inflations or deflations, West Texas Intermediate Oil prices arithmetic monthly returns, U.S. Industrial Production Index value, U.S. Personal Consumption Expenditures arithmetic monthly changes (1997-2016).
data <- read.csv('Breusch-Pagan-Test-Data.txt',header=T)
data <- xts(data[,2:10],[,1]))

2.3. Breusch-Pagan test calculation and output.

studentized Breusch-Pagan test

data:  stocks ~ t1y + t10y + hyield + cpi + ppi + oil + indpro + pce
BP = 49.943, df = 8, p-value = 4.191e-08
3. References.

[1] Breusch, T. S.; Pagan, A. R. “A Simple Test for Heteroskedasticity and Random Coefficient Variation”. Econometrica. 1979.

[2] Jeffrey A. Ryan and Joshua M. Ulrich. “quantmod: Quantitative Financial Modelling Framework”. R package version 0.4-15. 2019.

Achim Zeileis and Torsten Hothorn. “Diagnostic Checking in Regression Relationships”. R News. 2002.