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Optimal Versus Robust Inference in Nearly Integrated Non Gaussian Models

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  • Samuel P. Thompson
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    Abstract: Elliott, Rothenberg and Stock (1996) derived a class of point-optimal unit root tests in a time series model with Gaussian errors. Other authors have proposed “robust” tests which are not optimal for any model but perform well when the error distribution has thick tails. I derive a class of point-optimal tests for models with non Gaussian errors. When the true error distribution is known and has thick tails, the point-optimal tests are generally more powerful than Elliott et al. ’s (1996) tests as well as the robust tests. However, when the true error distribution is unknown and asymmetric, the point-optimal tests can behave very badly. Thus there is a tradeoff between robustness to unknown error distributions and optimality with respect to the trend coefficients

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    Paper provided by Harvard - Institute of Economic Research in its series Harvard Institute of Economic Research Working Papers with number 2003.

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