Efficient Estimation of Integrated Volatility Functionals via Multiscale Jackknife
31 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2017 Last revised: 18 Apr 2018
Date Written: March 27, 2017
We propose semi-parametrically efficient estimators for general integrated volatility functionals of multivariate semimartingale processes. It is known that a plug-in method that uses nonparametric estimates of spot volatilities induces high-order biases which need to be corrected to obey a central limit theorem. Such bias terms arise from boundary effects, the diffusive and jump movements of stochastic volatility, and the sampling error from the nonparametric spot volatility estimation. We propose a novel jackknife method for bias-correction. The jackknife estimator is simply formed as a linear combination of a few uncorrected estimators associated with different local window sizes used in the estimation of spot volatility. We show theoretically that our estimator is asymptotically mixed Gaussian, semi-parametrically efficient, and more robust to the choice of local windows. To facilitate the practical use, we introduce a simulation-based estimator of the asymptotic variance, so that our inference is derivative-free and, hence, is very convenient to implement.
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