Why Frequency Matters for Unit Root Testing
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. TI 2004-119/4
17 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2004
Date Written: November 2004
It is generally believed that for the power of unit root tests, only the time span and not the observation frequency matters. In this paper, we show that the observation frequency does matter when the high-frequency data display fat tails and volatility clustering, as is typically the case for financial time series such as exchange rate returns. Our claim builds on recent work on unit root and cointegration testing based non-Gaussian likelihood functions. The essential idea is that such methods will yield power gains in the presence of fat tails and persistent volatility clustering, and the strength of these features (and hence the power gains) increases with the observation frequency. This is illustrated using both Monte Carlo simulations and empirical applications to real exchange rates.
Keywords: Fat tails, GARCH, mean reversion, observation frequency, purchasing-power parity, unit roots
JEL Classification: C12, C22, F31
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