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Indirect Estimation of α-Stable Garch Models

  • Giorgio Calzolari


    (Dipartimento di Statistica "G. Parenti", Universit� di Firenze, Italy)

  • Roxana Halbleib


    (Department of Economics, University of Konstanz, Germany)

  • Alessandro Parrini


    (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

It is a well-known fact that financial returns exhibit conditional heteroscedasticity and fat tails. While the GARCH-type models are very popular in depicting the conditional heteroscedasticity, the α-stable distribution is a natural candidate for the conditional distribution of financial returns. The α-stable distribution is a generalization of the normal distribution and is described by four parameters, two of which deal with tail-thickness and asymmetry. However, practical implementation of α-stable distribution in finance applications has been limited by its estimation difficulties. In this paper, we propose an indirect approach of estimating GARCH models with α-stable innovations by using as auxiliary models GARCH-type models with Student's t distributed innovations. We provide comprehensive empirical evidence on the performance of the method within a series of Monte Carlo simulation studies and an empirical application to financial returns.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Konstanz in its series Working Paper Series of the Department of Economics, University of Konstanz with number 2012-31.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 23 Nov 2012
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Handle: RePEc:knz:dpteco:1231
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