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Nonparametric Estimation and Misspecification Testing of Diffusion Models

  • Dennis Kristensen


    (School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus, Denmark and CREATES)

A nonparametric kernel estimator of the drift (diffusion) term in a diffusion model are developed given a preliminary parametric estimator of the diffusion (drift) term. Under regularity conditions, rates of convergence and asymptotic normality of the nonparametric estimators are established. We develop mis- specification tests of parametric diffusion models based on the nonparametric estimators, and derive the asymptotic properties of the tests. We also propose a Markov Bootstrap method for the test statistics to improve on the finite-sample approximations. The finite sample properties of the estimators are examined in a simulation study.

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Paper provided by School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus in its series CREATES Research Papers with number 2007-01.

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Date of creation: 11 May 2007
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