Dynamic Models for Volatility and Heavy Tails
PRESENTER: Professor Andrew Harvey
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The volatility of financial returns changes over time and, for the last thirty years, Generalized Autoregressive Conditional Heteroscedasticity (GARCH) models have provided the principal means of analyzing, modeling and monitoring such changes. Taking into account that financial returns typically exhibit heavy tails – that is, extreme values can occur from time to time – Andrew Harvey's new book shows how a small but radical change in the way GARCH models are formulated leads to a resolution of many of the theoretical problems inherent in the statistical theory. The approach can also be applied to other aspects of volatility. The more general class of Dynamic Conditional Score models extends to robust modeling of outliers in the levels of time series and to the treatment of time-varying relationships. The statistical theory draws on basic principles of maximum likelihood estimation and, by doing so, leads to an elegant and unified treatment of nonlinear time-series modeling.
Andrew C. Harvey, University of Cambridge
Andrew Harvey is Professor of Econometrics at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and of the British Academy. He has published more than one hundred articles in journals and edited volumes and is the author of three books, The Econometric Analysis of Time Series, Time Series Models, and Forecasting and Structural Time Series Models and the Kalman Filter (Cambridge University Press, 1989). He is one of the developers of the STAMP computer package.