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Extreme observations in developed and emerging equity markets


  • Pilar Grau-Carles

    () (Economía Aplicada I Universidad Rey Juan Carlos)


It is widely accepted that the distribution of financial returns has heavy tails. In this context it is important to understand the frequency and importance of extreme events in financial markets. Extreme Value Theory is the appropriate framework for studying the tail behaviour of a distribution. Tail index estimators, such Hill index can be used to measure the shape of the tail, but it depends for its accuracy on a correct choice of the threshold where the tail begins, and the tail shape estimates are inefficient unless the threshold is accurately determined. We will apply bootstrap methodology to select the correct sample fraction for tail estimation. Also Generalized Pareto Distribution (GPD) model is a convenient framework for the approximation of the threshold exceedances distribution and correct inference depends for its accuracy on a correct choice of the threshold. In this paper we will use corrected threshold selection to explore similarities and differences between tail distributions in equity markets using stock index time series with different characteristics, such as size and maturity. We will try to find out if the probability of extreme events is similar in big or small markets and in mature or emerging markets.

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  • Pilar Grau-Carles, 2006. "Extreme observations in developed and emerging equity markets," Computing in Economics and Finance 2006 254, Society for Computational Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:sce:scecfa:254

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    Extreme Value Theoy; Bootstrap; Tail index; Emerging Markets;

    JEL classification:

    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • C15 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Statistical Simulation Methods: General


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