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Unit Root Testing with Unstable Volatility

  • Brendan K. Beare

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    (Nuffield College, Oxford University)

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    It is known that unit root test statistics may not have the usual asymptotic properties when the variance of innovations is unstable. In particular, persistent changes in volatility can cause the size of unit root tests to differ from the nominal level. In this paper we propose a class of modified unit root test statistics that are robust to the presence of unstable volatility. The modification is achieved by purging heteroskedasticity from the data using a kernel estimate of volatility prior to the application of standard tests. In the absence of deterministic trend components, this approach delivers test statistics that achieve standard asymptotics under the null hypothesis of a unit root. When the data are homoskedastic, the local power of unit root tests is unchanged by our modification. We use Monte Carlo simulations to compare the finite sample performance of our modified tests with that of existing methods of correcting for unstable volatility.

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    Paper provided by Economics Group, Nuffield College, University of Oxford in its series Economics Papers with number 2008-W06.

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    Length: 34 pages
    Date of creation: 05 May 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:nuf:econwp:0806
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