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Testing for unit roots in the presence of uncertainty over both the trend and initial condition

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  • Harvey, David I.
  • Leybourne, Stephen J.
  • Taylor, A.M. Robert

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In this paper we provide a joint treatment of two major problems that surround testing for a unit root in practice: uncertainty as to whether or not a linear deterministic trend is present in the data, and uncertainty as to whether the initial condition of the process is (asymptotically) negligible or not. We suggest decision rules based on the union of rejections of four standard unit root tests (OLS and quasi-differenced demeaned and detrended ADF unit root tests), along with information regarding the magnitude of the trend and initial condition, to allow simultaneously for both trend and initial condition uncertainty.

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Volume (Year): 169 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 188-195

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Handle: RePEc:eee:econom:v:169:y:2012:i:2:p:188-195

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Keywords: Unit root test; Trend uncertainty; Initial condition uncertainty; Asymptotic power; Union of rejections decision rule;

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Cited by:
  1. Anton Skrobotov, 2012. "Trend and initial condition in stationarity tests: the asymptotic analysis," Working Papers 0048, Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy, revised 2013.
  2. Niels Haldrup & Robinson Kruse & Timo Teräsvirta & Rasmus T. Varneskov, 2012. "Unit roots, nonlinearities and structural breaks," CREATES Research Papers 2012-14, School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus.
  3. Harvey, David I. & Leybourne, Stephen J. & Taylor, A.M. Robert, 2012. "Testing for unit roots in the presence of uncertainty over both the trend and initial condition," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 169(2), pages 188-195.
  4. Su, Jen-Je & Nguyen, Jeremy K., 2013. "Alternative unit root testing strategies using the Fourier approximation," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 121(1), pages 8-11.

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