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Estimation of quarticity with high-frequency data


  • Maria Elvira Mancino
  • Simona Sanfelici


We propose a new methodology based on Fourier analysis to estimate the fourth power of the volatility function (spot quarticity) and, as a byproduct, the integrated function. We prove the consistency of the proposed estimator of the integrated quarticity. Further, we analyse its efficiency in the presence of microstructure noise, from both a theoretical and empirical viewpoint. Extensions to higher powers of volatility and to the multivariate case are also discussed.

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  • Maria Elvira Mancino & Simona Sanfelici, 2012. "Estimation of quarticity with high-frequency data," Quantitative Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(4), pages 607-622, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:quantf:v:12:y:2012:i:4:p:607-622 DOI: 10.1080/14697688.2012.664936

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