Tail Estimates of East European Exchange Rates
In the literature, a consensus exists that distributions of exchange-rate returns are fat tailed. The authors use a nonparametric tail-index estimator based on extreme-value theory to shed light on some of the characteristics of the empirical distribution of black-market exchange-rate returns for seven East European currencies between 1955 and 1990, focusing on the information in the tails of the distribution. They modify an existing tail-index estimator to take into account information in both tails. The results support the existence of finite second moments in exchange-rate returns. Implicitly, the sum-stable distribution is rejected.
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Volume (Year): 10 (1992)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
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