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Gaussian Estimation of Continuous Time Models of the Short Term Interest Rate

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This paper proposes a Gaussian estimator for nonlinear continuous time models of the short term interest rate. The approach is based on a stopping time argument that produces a normalizing transformation facilitating the use of a Gaussian likelihood. A Monte Carlo study shows that the finite sample performance of the proposed procedure offers an improvement over the discrete approximation method proposed by Nowman (1997). An empirical application to U.S. and British interest rates is given.

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Paper provided by Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University in its series Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers with number 1309.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2001
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Publication status: Published in Econometrics Journal (December 2001), 4(2): 210-225
Handle: RePEc:cwl:cwldpp:1309

Note: CFP 1124 and CFP 1347, "Corrigendum," Econometrics Journal (February 2011), 14(4): 126-129
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Keywords: Gaussian estimation; nonlinear diffusion; normalizing transformation;

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  1. Ingrid Lo, 2005. "An Evaluation of MLE in a Model of the Nonlinear Continuous-Time Short-Term Interest Rate," Working Papers 05-45, Bank of Canada.
  2. Terence D.Agbeyegbe & Elena Goldman, 2005. "Estimation of threshold time series models using efficient jump MCMC," Hunter College Department of Economics Working Papers 406, Hunter College: Department of Economics, revised 2005.

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