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On the Correlation Structure of Microstructure Noise: A Financial Economic Approach

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  • Francis X. Diebold
  • Georg Strasser

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We introduce the financial economics of market microstructure into the financial econometrics of asset return volatility estimation. In particular, we use market microstructure theory to derive the cross-correlation function between latent returns and market microstructure noise, which feature prominently in the recent volatility literature. The cross-correlation at zero displacement is typically negative, and cross-correlations at nonzero displacements are positive and decay geometrically. If market makers are sufficiently risk averse, however, the cross-correlation pattern is inverted. Our results are useful for assessing the validity of the frequently-assumed independence of latent price and microstructure noise, for explaining observed cross-correlation patterns, for predicting as-yet undiscovered patterns, and for making informed conjectures regarding improved volatility estimation methods.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 16469.

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Publication status: published as Francis X. Diebold & Georg Strasser, 2013. "On the Correlation Structure of Microstructure Noise: A Financial Economic Approach," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 80(4), pages 1304-1337.
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  1. Sílvia Gonçalves & Ulrich Hounyo & Nour Meddahi, 2013. "Bootstrap inference for pre-averaged realized volatility based on non-overlapping returns," CREATES Research Papers 2013-07, School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus.
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  3. Selma Chaker, 2013. "Volatility and Liquidity Costs," Working Papers 13-29, Bank of Canada.
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