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Unit root tests for time series with level shifts: A comparison of different proposals

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  • Lanne, Markku
  • Lütkepohl, Helmut

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A number of unit root tests which accommodate a deterministic level shift at a known point in time are compared in a Monte Carlo study. The tests differ in the way they treat the deterministic term of the DGP. It turns out that Phillips-Perron type tests have very poor small sample properties and cannot be recommended for applied work. Moreover, tests which estimate the deterministic term by a GLS procedure under the unit root null hypothesis are superior in terms of size and power properties relative to tests which estimate the deterministic term by OLS procedures.

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  • Lanne, Markku & Lütkepohl, Helmut, 2001. "Unit root tests for time series with level shifts: A comparison of different proposals," SFB 373 Discussion Papers 2001,5, Humboldt University of Berlin, Interdisciplinary Research Project 373: Quantification and Simulation of Economic Processes.
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    Keywords

    Univariate time series; unit root; structural shift; autoregression;

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    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • C12 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Hypothesis Testing: General

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