Joint Detection of Structural Change and Nonstationarity in Autoregressions
14 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2011
Date Written: February 20, 2011
In this paper we develop a test of the joint null hypothesis of parameter stability and a unit root within an ADF style autoregressive specification whose entire parameter structure is potentially subject to a structural break at an unknown time period. The maintained underlying null model is a linear autoregression with a unit root, stationary regressors and a constant term. As a byproduct we also obtain the limiting behaviour of a related Wald statistic designed to solely test the null of parameter stability in an environment with a unit root. These distributions are free of nuisance parameters and easily tabulated. The finite sample properties of our tests are subsequently assessed through a series of simulations.
Keywords: Structural Breaks, Unit Roots, Nonlinear Dynamics
JEL Classification: C22, C32
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