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A Survey on Time-Varying Copulas: Specification, Simulations, and Application


  • Hans Manner
  • Olga Reznikova


The aim of this article is to bring together different specifications for copula models with time-varying dependence structure. Copula models are widely used in financial econometrics and risk management. They are considered to be a competitive alternative to the Gaussian dependence structure. The dynamic structure of the dependence between the data can be modeled by allowing either the copula function or the dependence parameter to be time-varying. First, we give a brief description of eight different models, among which there are fully parametric, semiparametric, and adaptive methods. The purpose of this study is to compare the applicability of each particular model in different cases. We conduct a simulation study to show the performance for model selection, to compare the model fit for different setups and to study the ability of the models to estimate the (latent) time-varying dependence parameter. Finally, we provide an illustration by applying the competing models on the same financial dataset and compare their performance by means of Value-at-Risk.

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  • Hans Manner & Olga Reznikova, 2012. "A Survey on Time-Varying Copulas: Specification, Simulations, and Application," Econometric Reviews, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 31(6), pages 654-687, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:emetrv:v:31:y:2012:i:6:p:654-687
    DOI: 10.1080/07474938.2011.608042

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    1. Drew Creal & Siem Jan Koopman & André Lucas, 2008. "A General Framework for Observation Driven Time-Varying Parameter Models," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 08-108/4, Tinbergen Institute.
    2. HEINEN, Andréas & VALDESOGO, Alfonso, 2009. "Asymmetric CAPM dependence for large dimensions: the Canonical Vine Autoregressive Model," CORE Discussion Papers 2009069, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
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