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Asymptotics for recurrent diffusions with application to high frequency regression


  • Kim, Jihyun
  • Park, Joon Y.


We provide the asymptotic theory for functionals of recurrent diffusions. Our asymptotics are completely general and applicable for all cases, including positive and null recurrent diffusions, and diffusions with and without the integrability conditions. They are established directly from the representation of diffusion as time-changed Brownian motion. Our approach provides a unified framework, and combines all existing theories of diffusion asymptotics with new results that appear to be particularly relevant in many practical applications. For an illustration of our asymptotics, we employ them to analyze a class of high frequency regressions that is commonly used in empirical economics and finance.

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  • Kim, Jihyun & Park, Joon Y., 2017. "Asymptotics for recurrent diffusions with application to high frequency regression," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 196(1), pages 37-54.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:econom:v:196:y:2017:i:1:p:37-54
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jeconom.2015.12.019

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    Cited by:

    1. Chang, Yoosoon & Lu, Ye & Park, Joon Y., 2018. "Understanding Regressions with Observations Collected at High Frequency over Long Span," Working Papers 2018-10, University of Sydney, School of Economics.
    2. Jin Seo Cho & Peter C. B. Phillips & Juwon Seo, 2019. "Parametric Inference on the Mean of Functional Data Applied to Lifetime Income Curves," Working papers 2019rwp-153, Yonsei University, Yonsei Economics Research Institute.
    3. Ruijun Bu & Jihyun Kim & Bin Wang, 2020. "Uniform and Lp Convergences of Nonparametric Estimation for Diffusion Models," Working Papers 202021, University of Liverpool, Department of Economics.
    4. Kim, Jihyun & Park, Joon & Wang, Bin, 2020. "Estimation of Volatility Functions in Jump Diffusions Using Truncated Bipower Increments," TSE Working Papers 20-1096, Toulouse School of Economics (TSE).
    5. Jiang, Bibo & Lu, Ye & Park, Joon Y., 2020. "Testing for Stationarity at High Frequency," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 215(2), pages 341-374.
    6. Kim, Jihyun & Meddahi, Nour, 2020. "Volatility Regressions with Fat Tails," TSE Working Papers 20-1097, Toulouse School of Economics (TSE).
    7. Jeong, Minsoo, 2018. "Consistent estimator of nonparametric structural spurious regression model for high frequency data," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 162(C), pages 18-21.

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    Diffusion; Positive and null recurrences; Asymptotics; Limit distribution; Continuous time regression;

    JEL classification:

    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • C58 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Financial Econometrics


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