Econometric Analysis of Financial Trade Processes by Discrete Mixture Duration Models
38 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2005
Date Written: July 2005
We propose a new framework for modelling the time dependence in duration processes being in force on financial markets. The pioneering ACD model introduced by Engle and Russell (1998) will be extended in a manner that the duration process will be accompanied by an unobservable stochastic process. The Discrete Mixture ACD framework provides us with a general methodology which puts the idea into practice. It is established by introducing a discrete-valued latent regime variable which can be justified in the light of recent market microstructure theories. The empirical application demonstrates its ability to capture specific characteristics of intraday transaction durations while alternative approaches fail.
Keywords: Mixture models, duration models, financial transaction data, market microstructure
JEL Classification: C41, C22, C25, C51, G14
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