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Modeling Copper Price: A Regime-Switching Approach

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  • Javier García - Cicco
  • Roque Montero

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This paper explores the virtues of Markov-Switching models to characterize the behavior of copper price. In particular, we study the performance of several univariate specifications of this type of models, both in and out of sample, comparing them also with constant parameter models such as ARMA and GARCH. The main finding is that allowing for a regime-switching variance in the error term is most relevant in explaining the behavior of this price.

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  • Javier García - Cicco & Roque Montero, 2011. "Modeling Copper Price: A Regime-Switching Approach," Working Papers Central Bank of Chile 613, Central Bank of Chile.
  • Handle: RePEc:chb:bcchwp:613
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    1. Roque Montero, 2012. "Does Linearity in the Dynamics of Inflation Gap and Unemployment Rate Matter?," Revista de Analisis Economico – Economic Analysis Review, Ilades-Georgetown University, Universidad Alberto Hurtado/School of Economics and Bussines, vol. 27(1), pages 3-26, April.

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