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Testing for a Shift in Mean without Having to Estimate Serial-Correlation Parameters

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Tests for detecting a shift in the mean of univariate time series that do not require estimation of serial-correlation parameters are proposed. The statistics are valid whether the errors are stationary or have a unit root. The date of the shift may be known or unknown. The statics are based on a simple transformation of the data and are functions of partial sums of the data. These so-called partial sum statistics are shown to be asymptotically invariant to serial-correlation parameters. The statistics are shown to have good size and power properties asymptotically and in finite samples.

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  • Vogelsang, Timothy J, 1998. "Testing for a Shift in Mean without Having to Estimate Serial-Correlation Parameters," Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, American Statistical Association, vol. 16(1), pages 73-80, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bes:jnlbes:v:16:y:1998:i:1:p:73-80
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    17. Bent Jesper Christensen & Robinson Kruse & Philipp Sibbertsen, 2013. "A unified framework for testing in the linear regression model under unknown order of fractional integration," CREATES Research Papers 2013-35, Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University.
    18. Lai, Kon S., 2008. "The puzzling unit root in the real interest rate and its inconsistency with intertemporal consumption behavior," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 27(1), pages 140-155, February.
    19. Nielsen, Morten Ørregaard, 2010. "Nonparametric cointegration analysis of fractional systems with unknown integration orders," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 155(2), pages 170-187, April.
    20. Vogelsang, Timothy J., 1998. "Sources of nonmonotonic power when testing for a shift in mean of a dynamic time series," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 88(2), pages 283-299, November.

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