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Moments structure of ℓ 1 -stochastic volatility models

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  • David Neto


  • Sylvain Sardy


We consider Taylor’s stochastic volatility model (SVM) when the innovations of the hidden log-volatility process have a Laplace distribution (ℓ 1 exponential density), rather than the standard Gaussian distribution (ℓ 2 ) usually employed. Recently many investigations have employed ℓ 1 metric to allow better modeling of the abrupt changes of regime observed in financial time series. However, the estimation of SVM is known to be difficult because it is a non-linear with an hidden markov process. Moreover, an additional difficulty yielded by the use of ℓ 1 metric is the not differentiability of the likelihood function. An alternative consists in using a generalized or efficient method-of-moments (GMM/EMM) estimation. For this purpose, we derive here the moments and autocovariance function of such ℓ 1 -based stochastic volatility models. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Quality & Quantity.

Volume (Year): 46 (2012)
Issue (Month): 6 (October)
Pages: 1947-1952

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Handle: RePEc:spr:qualqt:v:46:y:2012:i:6:p:1947-1952
DOI: 10.1007/s11135-011-9459-4
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