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Additive modeling of realized variance: tests for parametric specifications and structural breaks


  • Fengler, Matthias R.


  • Mammen, Enno


  • Vogt, Michael



For an additive autoregression model, we study two types of testing problems. First, a parametric specification of a component function is compared against a nonparametric fit. Second, two nonparametric fits of two different time periods are tested for equality. We apply the theory to a nonparametric extension of the linear heterogeneous autoregressive (HAR) model. The linear HAR model is widely employed to describe realized variance data. We find that the linearity assumption is often rejected, in particular on equity, fixed income, and currency futures data; in the presence of a structural break, nonlinearity appears to prevail on the sample before the outbreak of the financial crisis in mid-2007.

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  • Fengler, Matthias R. & Mammen, Enno & Vogt, Michael, 2013. "Additive modeling of realized variance: tests for parametric specifications and structural breaks," Economics Working Paper Series 1332, University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science.
  • Handle: RePEc:usg:econwp:2013:32

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    1. Buncic, Daniel & Gisler, Katja I.M., 2016. "Global equity market volatility spillovers: A broader role for the United States," International Journal of Forecasting, Elsevier, vol. 32(4), pages 1317-1339.

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    Additive models; Backfitting; Nonparametric time series analysis; Specification tests; Realized variance; Heterogeneous autoregressive model.;

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    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • C58 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Financial Econometrics

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