Bayesian Inference for Markov-switching Skewed Autoregressive Models

28 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2019

Date Written: August 2019


We examine Markov-switching autoregressive models where the commonly used Gaussian assumption for disturbances is replaced with a skew-normal distribution. This allows us to detect regime changes not only in the mean and the variance of a specified time series, but also in its skewness. A Bayesian framework is developed based on Markov chain Monte Carlo sampling. Our informative prior distributions lead to closed-form full conditional posterior distributions, whose sampling can be efficiently conducted within a Gibbs sampling scheme. The usefulness of the methodology is illustrated with a real-data example from U.S. stock markets.

Keywords: regime switching, Skewness, Gibbs-sampler, time series analysis, upside and downside risks

JEL Classification: C01; C11; C2; G11

Suggested Citation

Lhuissier, Stéphane, Bayesian Inference for Markov-switching Skewed Autoregressive Models (August 2019). Available at SSRN: or

Stéphane Lhuissier (Contact Author)

Banque de France ( email )


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