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The Performance of Lag Selection and Detrending Methods for HEGY Seasonal Unit Root Tests

  • Tomás del Barrio Castro
  • Denise R. Osborn
  • A.M. Robert Taylor

This paper analyzes two key issues for the empirical implementation of parametric seasonal unit root tests, namely generalized least squares (GLS) versus ordinary least squares (OLS) detrending and the selection of the lag augmentation polynomial. Through an extensive Monte Carlo analysis, the performance of a battery of lag selection techniques is analyzed, including a new extension of modified information criteria for the seasonal unit root context. All procedures are applied for both OLS and GLS detrending for a range of data generating processes, also including an examination of hybrid OLS-GLS detrending in conjunction with (seasonal) modified AIC lag selection. An application to quarterly U.S. industrial production indices illustrates the practical implications of choices made.

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Paper provided by Economics, The University of Manchester in its series The School of Economics Discussion Paper Series with number 1228.

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