The Spline GARCH Model for Unconditional Volatility and its Global Macroeconomic Causes
41 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2008
Date Written: August 2005
We introduce a new model to measure unconditional volatility, the Spline-GARCH. The model is applied to equity markets for 50 countries for up to 50 years of daily data. Macroeconomic determinants of unconditional volatility are investigated. It is found that volatility in macroeconomic factors such as gdp growth, inflation and short term interest rates are important explanatory variables that increase volatility. There is evidence that high inflation and low growth of output are positive determinants. Volatility is higher for emerging markets and for markets with small numbers of listings but also for large economies.
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