Outlier Detection in Structural Time Series Models: the Indicator Saturation Approach

Marczak MartynaProietti Tommaso
CEIS Research Paper
Structural change affects the estimation of economic signals, like the underlying growth rate or the seasonally adjusted series. An important issue, which has attracted a great deal of attention also in the seasonal adjustment literature, is its detection by an expert procedure. The general–to–specific approach to the detection of structural change, currently implemented in Autometrics via indicator saturation, has proven to be both practical and effective in the context of stationary dynamic regression models and unit–root autoregressions. By focusing on impulse–and step–indicator saturation, we investigate via Monte Carlo simulations how this approach performs for detecting additive outliers and level shifts in the analysis of nonstationary seasonal time series. The reference model is the basic structural model, featuring a local linear trend, possibly integrated of order two, stochastic seasonality and a stationary component. Further, we apply both kinds of indicator saturation to detect additive outliers and level shifts in the industrial production series in five European countries.
Number: 325
Keywords: Indicator saturation, seasonal adjustment, structural time series model, outliers, structural change, general–to–specific approach, state space model
JEL codes: C22, C51, C53
Volume: 12
Issue: 9
Date: Friday, August 8, 2014
Revision Date: Friday, August 8, 2014