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The Applications of Mixtures of Normal Distributions in Empirical Finance: A Selected Survey

  • Dinghai Xu

    (Department of Economics, University of Waterloo)

This paper provides a selected review of the recent developments and applications of mixtures of normal (MN) distribution models in empirical finance. Once attractive property of the MN model is that it is flexible enough to accommodate various shapes of continuous distributions, and able to capture leptokurtic, skewed and multimodal characteristics of financial time series data. In addition, the MN-based analysis fits well with the related regime-switching literature. The survey is conducted under two broad themes: (1) minimum-distance estimation methods, and (2) financial modeling and its applications.

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Paper provided by University of Waterloo, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0904.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2009
Date of revision: Sep 2009
Handle: RePEc:wat:wpaper:0904
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