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Mixed Marginal Copula Modeling


  • David Gunawan
  • Mohamad A. Khaled
  • Robert Kohn


This article extends the literature on copulas with discrete or continuous marginals to the case where some of the marginals are a mixture of discrete and continuous components. We do so by carefully defining the likelihood as the density of the observations with respect to a mixed measure. The treatment is quite general, although we focus on mixtures of Gaussian and Archimedean copulas. The inference is Bayesian with the estimation carried out by Markov chain Monte Carlo. We illustrate the methodology and algorithms by applying them to estimate a multivariate income dynamics model. Supplementary materials for this article are available online.

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  • David Gunawan & Mohamad A. Khaled & Robert Kohn, 2020. "Mixed Marginal Copula Modeling," Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 38(1), pages 137-147, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jnlbes:v:38:y:2020:i:1:p:137-147
    DOI: 10.1080/07350015.2018.1469998

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