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MIDAS volatility forecast performance under market stress: Evidence from emerging stock markets


  • Emre Alper, C.
  • Fendoglu, Salih
  • Saltoglu, Burak


This paper evaluates weekly out-of-sample volatility forecast performance of univariate Mixed Data Sampling (MIDAS) model compared to the benchmark model of GARCH(1,1) for ten emerging stock markets. The results show that the MIDAS model offers a statistically better forecasting precision during the recent financially turbulent era, based on the test suggested by West (2006). For the tranquil period, however, the MIDAS model cannot produce a statistically better weekly volatility forecast.

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  • Emre Alper, C. & Fendoglu, Salih & Saltoglu, Burak, 2012. "MIDAS volatility forecast performance under market stress: Evidence from emerging stock markets," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 117(2), pages 528-532.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:117:y:2012:i:2:p:528-532 DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2012.05.037

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    1. Alper Gormus, N., 2016. "Do different time-horizons in volatility have any significance for the emerging markets?," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 145(C), pages 29-32.
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    Mixed Data Sampling regression model; Conditional volatility forecasting; Emerging markets;

    JEL classification:

    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • C53 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Forecasting and Prediction Models; Simulation Methods
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates


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