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Multivariate Stochastic Volatility Models: Bayesian Estimation and Model Comparison

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  • Jun Yu

    () (School of Economics and Social Sciences, Singapore Management University)

  • Renate Meyer

    () (University of Auckland)

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In this paper we show that fully likelihood-based estimation and comparison of multivariate stochastic volatility (SV) models can be easily performed via a freely available Bayesian software called WinBUGS. Moreover, we introduce to the literature several new specifications which are natural extensions to certain existing models, one of which allows for time varying correlation coefficients. Ideas are illustrated by fitting, to a bivariate time series data of weekly exchange rates, nine multivariate SV models, including the specifications with Granger causality in volatility, time varying correlations, heavytailed error distributions, additive factor structure, and multiplicative factor structure. Empirical results suggest that the most adequate specifications are those that allow for time varying correlation coefficients.

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  • Jun Yu & Renate Meyer, 2004. "Multivariate Stochastic Volatility Models: Bayesian Estimation and Model Comparison," Working Papers 23-2004, Singapore Management University, School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:siu:wpaper:23-2004
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    Multivariate stochastic volatility; Granger causality in volatility; Heavy-tailed distributions; Time varying correlations; Factors; MCMC; DIC.;
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    • C11 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Bayesian Analysis: General
    • C15 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Statistical Simulation Methods: General
    • C30 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - General
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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