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Stochastic volatility of volatility in continuous time

  • Ole E. Barndorff-Nielsen


    (The T.N. Thiele Centre for Mathematics in Natural Science, Department of Mathematical Sciences, & CREATES, Aarhus University)

  • Almut E. D. Veraart


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

This paper introduces the concept of stochastic volatility of volatility in continuous time and, hence, extends standard stochastic volatility (SV) models to allow for an additional source of randomness associated with greater variability in the data. We discuss how stochastic volatility of volatility can be defined both non–parametrically, where we link it to the quadratic variation of the stochastic variance process, and parametrically, where we propose two new SV models which allow for stochastic volatility of volatility. In addition, we show that volatility of volatility can be estimated by a novel estimator called pre–estimated spot variance based realised variance.

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Paper provided by School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus in its series CREATES Research Papers with number 2009-25.

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Date of creation: 06 Jul 2009
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