Semiparametric Estimation of Locally Stationary Diffusion Models
Monash University - Faculty of Business and Economics
Oliver B. Linton
University of Cambridge
September 7, 2010
This paper proposes a class of locally stationary diffusion processes. The model has a time varying but locally linear drift and a volatility coefficient that is allowed to vary over time and space. We propose estimators of all the unknown quantities based on long span data. Our estimation method makes use of the local stationarity. We establish asymptotic theory for the proposed estimators as the time span increases. We apply this method to the real financial data to illustrate the validity of our model. Finally, we present a simulation study to provide the finite-sample performance of the proposed estimators.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 52
Keywords: diffusion processes, local stationarity, term structure dynamics, density matching, option pricing
JEL Classification: C14, C32working papers series
Date posted: September 9, 2010 ; Last revised: May 9, 2013
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