Estimating spot volatility with high-frequency financial data

Zu, Y. & Peter Boswijk, H. (2014). Estimating spot volatility with high-frequency financial data. Journal of Econometrics, 181(2), pp. 117-135. doi: 10.1016/j.jeconom.2014.04.001

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Abstract

We construct a spot volatility estimator for high-frequency financial data which contain market microstructure noise. We prove consistency and derive the asymptotic distribution of the estimator. A data-driven method is proposed to select the scale parameter and the bandwidth parameter in the estimator. In Monte Carlo simulations, we compare the finite sample performance of our estimator with some existing estimators. Empirical examples are given to illustrate the potential applications of the estimator.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Econometrics. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Econometrics, Volume 181, Issue 2, Pages 117–135, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jeconom.2014.04.001
Uncontrolled Keywords: Spot volatility, Market microstructure noise, Subsampling, Scale selection, Bandwidth selection
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: School of Social Sciences > Department of Economics
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/3849

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