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The time series behaviour of Brazilian inflation rate: new evidence from unit root tests with good size and power

By Gawon Yoon

Abstract

Various unit roots tests are suggested over the years. However, many of them suffer severe size problems as well as low power. Recently, Ng and Perron (Econometrica, 69, 1519-1554, 2001) propose new modelling strategy that yields good power and reliable size. This letter applies their testing method to the Brazilian inflation rate, which is contaminated by various government interventions to bring hyperinflation under control and for which standard unit root tests produce unintuitive results. The new method is found to yield reliable results for the current data and a possible explanation is also provided for its performance.

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