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Maximum Likelihood Estimates of Regression Coefficients with alpha-stable residuals and Day of Week effects in Total Returns on Equity Indices

  • John C. Frain


    (Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin)

This Paper summarizes the theory of Maximum Likelihood Estimation of regressions with alpha-stable residuals. Day of week effects in returns on equity indices, adjusted for dividends (total returns) are estimated and tested using this and traditional OLS methodology. I find that the alpha-stable methodology is feasible. There are some differences in the results from the two methodologies. The conclusion remains that if individual coefficients are of interest and the residuals have fat tails and a possible alpha-stable distribution, the results can be checked for robustness using methods such as those employed here.

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Paper provided by Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics in its series Trinity Economics Papers with number tep0108.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: May 2008
Date of revision: May 2008
Handle: RePEc:tcd:tcduee:tep0108
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  1. Gibbons, Michael R & Hess, Patrick, 1981. "Day of the Week Effects and Asset Returns," The Journal of Business, University of Chicago Press, vol. 54(4), pages 579-96, October.
  2. Aleksander Janicki & Aleksander Weron, 1994. "Simulation and Chaotic Behavior of Alpha-stable Stochastic Processes," HSC Books, Hugo Steinhaus Center, Wroclaw University of Technology, number hsbook9401.
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  4. Peter Reinhard Hansen & Asger Lunde & James M. Nason, 2005. "Testing the significance of calendar effects," FRB Atlanta Working Paper No. 2005-02, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
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