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Journal articles (2016), Journal of Econometrics, 192 (1), pp. 55-63

Root-T Consistent Density Estimation in GARCH Models

DELAIGLE A., MEISTER A., ROMBOUTS Jeroen

We consider a new nonparametric estimator of the stationary density of the logarithm of the volatility of the GARCH(1,1) model. This problem is particularly challenging since this density is still unknown, even in cases where the model parameters are given. Although the volatility variables are only observed with multiplicative independent innovation errors with unknown density, we manage to construct a nonparametric procedure which estimates the log volatility density consistently. By carefully exploiting the specific GARCH dependence structure of the data, our iterative procedure even attains the striking parametric root-T convergence rate. As a by-product of our main results, we also derive new smoothness properties of the stationary density. Using numerical simulations, we illustrate the performance of our estimator, and we provide an application to financial data. Link to the article

DELAIGLE, A., MEISTER, A. and ROMBOUTS, J. (2016). Root-T Consistent Density Estimation in GARCH Models. Journal of Econometrics, 192(1), pp. 55-63.