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On the Correlation Structure of Microstructure Noise: A Financial Economic Approach

  • Francis X. Diebold

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    (Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania)

  • Georg H. Strasser

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    (Department of Economics, Boston College)

We introduce the financial economics of market microstructure into the financial econometrics of asset return volatility estimation. In particular, we use market microstructure theory to derive the cross-correlation function between latent returns and market microstructure noise, which feature prominently in the recent volatility literature. The cross-correlation at zero displacement is typically negative, and cross- correlations at nonzero displacements are positive and decay geometrically. If market makers are sufficiently risk averse, however, the cross-correlation pattern is inverted. We derive model-based volatility estimators, which we apply to stock and oil prices. Our results are useful for assessing the validity of the frequently-assumed independence of latent price and microstructure noise, for explaining observed cross-correlation patterns, for predicting as-yet undiscovered patterns, and for microstructure-based volatil- ity estimation.

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Paper provided by Boston College Department of Economics in its series Boston College Working Papers in Economics with number 693.

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Date of creation: 09 Oct 2008
Date of revision: 24 Apr 2012
Publication status: published, Review of Economic Studies, 80:4, 1304-1337
Handle: RePEc:boc:bocoec:693
Note: previously circulated as "On the Correlation Structure of Microstructure Noise in Theory and Practice"
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