Journal of Time Series Analysis

Power of a Unit‐Root Test and the Initial Condition

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Abstract.  It is now well known that how the initial observation is generated can have a significant effect on the power of a unit‐root test. In this article, we show that by taking a simple data‐dependent weighted average of the initial condition‐robust test of Elliott and Müller [Journal of Econometrics (2006), forthcoming] and the standard augmented Dickey–Fuller test, we are able to produce a new unit‐root test that can improve power, both asymptotically and in finite samples, over a wide range of possibilities governing the generation of the initial observation.

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