On the non-existence of a Bartlett correction for unit root tests
There has been considerable recent interest in testing for a unit root in autoregressive models, especially in the context of cointegration models in econometrics. The likelihood ratio test for a unit root has non-standard asymptotic behaviour. In particular, when the errors are Gaussian, the limiting null distribution of the likelihood ratio statistic, W, is a certain functional of Brownian motion, rather than chi-squared. Moreover, numerical work has shown that the limiting distribution of W is not always a good approximation to the actual distribution. Consequently, there is a need for improved distributional approximations, and the question of whether W admits a Bartlett correction is of interest. In this note we establish that a Bartlett correction does not exist in the simplest unit root model.
Volume (Year): 35 (1997)
Issue (Month): 2 (September)
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