A note on unit root testing in the presence of level shifts

G. Cavaliere & I. Georgiev
In this note we discuss the properties of Augmented-Dickey-Fuller [ADF] unit root tests for autoregressive processes with a unit or near-unit root in the presence of multiple level shifts of large size. Due to the presence of level shifts, the ADF tests experience severe power losses. We consider new modified ADF unit root tests which require no knowledge of either the location or the number of level shifts. The tests are based on a two-step...