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Stimulated Maximum Likelihood Estimation of Continuous Time Stochastic Volatility Models

  • Tore Selland KLEPPE


    (Department of Mathematics, University of Bergen)

  • Jun YU


    (School of Economics, Singapore Management University)

  • Hans J. SKAUG


    (University of Bergen)

In this paper we develop and implement a method for maximum simulated likelihood estimation of the continuous time stochastic volatility model with the constant elasticity of volatility. The approach do not require observations on option prices nor volatility. To integrate out latent volatility from the joint density of return and volatility, a modified efficient importance sampling technique is used after the continuous time model is approximated using the Euler-Maruyama scheme. The Monte Carlo studies show that the method works well and the empirical applications illustrate usefulness of the method. Empirical results provide strong evidence against the Heston model.

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Paper provided by Singapore Management University, School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 20-2009.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2009
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Publication status: Published in SMU Economics and Statistics Working Paper Series
Handle: RePEc:siu:wpaper:20-2009
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