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The Properties of Procedures Dealing with Uncertainty about Intercept and Deterministic Trend in Unit Root Testing

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  • Hacker, Scott

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    (Jonkoping International Business School)

  • Hatemi-J, Abdulnasser

    (UAE University)

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The classic Dickey-Fuller unit-root test can be applied using three different equations, depending upon the inclusion of a constant and/or a time trend in the regression equation. This paper investigates the size and power properties of a unit-root testing strategy outlined in Enders (2004), which allows for repeated testing of the unit root with the three equations depending on the significance of various parameters in the equations. This strategy is similar to strategies suggested by others for unit root testing. Our Monte Carlo simulation experiments show that serious mass significance problems prevail when using the strategy suggested by Enders. Excluding the possibility of unrealistic outcomes and using a priori information on whether there is a trend in the underlying time series, as suggested by Elder and Kennedy (2001), reduces the mass significance problem for the unit root test and improves power for that test. Subsequent testing for whether a trend exists is seriously affected by testing for the unit root first, however.

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Paper provided by Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation with number 214.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: 11 Feb 2010
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:cesisp:0214

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Keywords: Unit Roots; Deterministic Components; Model Selection;

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Cited by:
  1. Atiq-ur-Rehman, Atiq-ur-Rehman & Zaman, Asad, 2009. "Impact of Model Specification Decisions on Unit Root Tests," MPRA Paper 19963, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Hacker, Scott, 2010. "The Effectiveness of Information Criteria in Determining Unit Root and Trend Status," Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation 213, Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies.
  3. Juarez-Torres, Miriam & Sanchez, Leonardo & Vedenov, Dmitry V., 2012. "Effectiveness of Weather Derivatives as Cross-Hedging Instrument against Climate Change: The Cases of Reservoir Water Allocation Management in Guanajuato, Mexico," 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington 124813, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  4. Atiq-ur-Rehman, Atiq-ur-Rehman & Zaman, Asad, 2008. "Model specification, observational equivalence and performance of unit root tests," MPRA Paper 13489, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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