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2000): “Specification Analysis of Affine Term Structure Models
 Journal of Finance
"... This paper explores the structural differences and relative goodnessoffits of affine term structure models ~ATSMs!. Within the family of ATSMs there is a tradeoff between flexibility in modeling the conditional correlations and volatilities of the risk factors. This tradeoff is formalized by our ..."
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This paper explores the structural differences and relative goodnessoffits of affine term structure models ~ATSMs!. Within the family of ATSMs there is a tradeoff between flexibility in modeling the conditional correlations and volatilities of the risk factors. This tradeoff is formalized by our classification of Nfactor affine family into N � 1 nonnested subfamilies of models. Specializing to threefactor ATSMs, our analysis suggests, based on theoretical considerations and empirical evidence, that some subfamilies of ATSMs are better suited than others to explaining historical interest rate behavior. IN SPECIFYING A DYNAMIC TERM STRUCTURE MODEL—one that describes the comovement over time of short and longterm bond yields—researchers are inevitably confronted with tradeoffs between the richness of econometric representations of the state variables and the computational burdens of pricing and estimation. It is perhaps not surprising then that virtually all of the empirical implementations of multifactor term structure models that use time series data on long and shortterm bond yields simultaneously have focused on special cases of “affine ” term structure models ~ATSMs!.AnATSM accommodates timevarying means and volatilities of the state variables through affine specifications of the riskneutral drift and volatility coefficients. At the same time, ATSMs yield essentially closedform expressions for zerocouponbond prices ~Duffie and Kan ~1996!!, which greatly facilitates pricing and econometric implementation. The focus on ATSMs extends back at least to the pathbreaking studies by Vasicek ~1977! and Cox, Ingersoll, and Ross ~1985!, who presumed that the instantaneous short rate r~t! was an affine function of an Ndimensional state vector Y~t!, r~t! � d 0 � d y Y~t!, and that Y~t! followed Gaussian and squareroot diffusions, respectively. More recently, researchers have explored formulations of ATSMs that extend the onefactor Markov represen
Likelihood Inference for Discretely Observed NonLinear Diffusions
 Econometrica
, 1998
"... This paper is concerned with the Bayesian estimation of nonlinear stochastic differential equations when only discrete observations are available. The estimation is carried out using a tuned MCMC method, in particular a blocked MetropolisHastings algorithm, by introducing auxiliary points and usin ..."
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This paper is concerned with the Bayesian estimation of nonlinear stochastic differential equations when only discrete observations are available. The estimation is carried out using a tuned MCMC method, in particular a blocked MetropolisHastings algorithm, by introducing auxiliary points and using the EulerMaruyama discretisation scheme. Techniques for computing the likelihood function, the marginal likelihood and diagnostic measures (all based on the MCMC output) are presented. Examples using simulated and real data are presented and discussed in detail.
A Nonparametric Model of Term Structure Dynamics and the Market Price of Interest Rate Risk
, 1997
"... This article presents a technique for nonparametrically estimating continuoustime di#usion processes which are observed at discrete intervals. We illustrate the methodology by using daily three and six month Treasury Bill data, from January 1965 to July 1995, to estimate the drift and di#usion of t ..."
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This article presents a technique for nonparametrically estimating continuoustime di#usion processes which are observed at discrete intervals. We illustrate the methodology by using daily three and six month Treasury Bill data, from January 1965 to July 1995, to estimate the drift and di#usion of the short rate, and the market price of interest rate risk. While the estimated di#usion is similar to that estimated by Chan, Karolyi, Longsta# and Sanders (1992), there is evidence of substantial nonlinearity in the drift. This is close to zero for low and medium interest rates, but mean reversion increases sharply at higher interest rates.
Do stock prices and volatility jump? Reconciling evidence from spot and option prices
, 2001
"... This paper studies the empirical performance of jumpdiffusion models that allow for stochastic volatility and correlated jumps affecting both prices and volatility. The results show that the models in question provide reasonable fit to both option prices and returns data in the insample estimation ..."
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This paper studies the empirical performance of jumpdiffusion models that allow for stochastic volatility and correlated jumps affecting both prices and volatility. The results show that the models in question provide reasonable fit to both option prices and returns data in the insample estimation period. This contrasts previous findings where stochastic volatility paths are found to be too smooth relative to the option implied dynamics. While the models perform well during the high volatility estimation period, they tend to overprice long dated contracts outofsample. This evidence points towards a too simplistic specification of the mean dynamics of volatility.
MCMC Analysis of Diffusion Models with Application to Finance
 Journal of Business and Economic Statistics
, 1998
"... This paper proposes a new method for estimation of parameters in diffusion processes from ..."
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This paper proposes a new method for estimation of parameters in diffusion processes from
2002b, “Regime Switches in Interest Rates
 Journal of Business and Economic Statistics
"... anonymous referees and seminar participants at Stanford University and the 1999 Econometric Society ..."
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anonymous referees and seminar participants at Stanford University and the 1999 Econometric Society
Numerical Techniques for Maximum Likelihood Estimation of ContinuousTime Diffusion Processes
 JOURNAL OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC STATISTICS
, 2001
"... Stochastic differential equations often provide a convenient way to describe the dynamics of economic and financial data, and a great deal of effort has been expended searching for efficient ways to estimate models based on them. Maximum likelihood is typically the estimator of choice; however, sinc ..."
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Stochastic differential equations often provide a convenient way to describe the dynamics of economic and financial data, and a great deal of effort has been expended searching for efficient ways to estimate models based on them. Maximum likelihood is typically the estimator of choice; however, since the transition density is generally unknown, one is forced to approximate it. The simulationbased approach suggested by Pedersen (1995) has great theoretical appeal, but previously available implementations have been computationally costly. We examine a variety of numerical techniques designed to improve the performance of this approach. Synthetic data generated by a CIR model with parameters calibrated to match monthly observations of the U.S. shortterm interest rate are used as a test case. Since the likelihood function of this process is known, the quality of the approximations can be easily evaluated. On data sets with 1000 observations, we are able to approximate the maximum likelihood estimator with negligible error in well under one minute. This represents something on the order of a 10,000fold reduction in computational effort as compared to implementations without these enhancements. With other parameter settings designed to stress the methodology, performance remains strong. These ideas are easily generalized to multivariate settings and (with some additional work) to latent variable models. To illustrate, we estimate a simple stochastic volatility model of the U.S. shortterm interest rate.
Reprojecting Partially Observed Systems with Application to Interest Rate Diffusions from January 5, 1992, to March 31, 1995
, 1996
"... We introduce reprojection as a general purpose technique for characterizing the observable dynamics of a partially observed nonlinear system. System parameters are estimated by method of moments wherein moments implied by the system are matched to moments implied by the transition density for observ ..."
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We introduce reprojection as a general purpose technique for characterizing the observable dynamics of a partially observed nonlinear system. System parameters are estimated by method of moments wherein moments implied by the system are matched to moments implied by the transition density for observables that is determined by projecting the data onto its Hermite representation. Reprojection imposes the constraints implied by the system on the transition density and is accomplished by projecting a long simulation of the estimated system onto the Hermite representation. We utilize the technique to assess the dynamics of several diffusion models for the shortterm interest rate that have been proposed and compare them to a new model that has feedback from the interest rate into both the drift and diffusion coefficients of a volatility equation. This effort entails the development of new graphical diagnostics.
Estimation of Stochastic Volatility Models with Diagnostics
 Journal of Econometrics
, 1995
"... Efficient Method of Moments (EMM) is used to fit the standard stochastic volatility model and various extensions to several daily financial time series. EMM matches to the score of a model determined by data analysis called the score generator. Discrepancies reveal characteristics of data that stoch ..."
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Efficient Method of Moments (EMM) is used to fit the standard stochastic volatility model and various extensions to several daily financial time series. EMM matches to the score of a model determined by data analysis called the score generator. Discrepancies reveal characteristics of data that stochastic volatility models cannot approximate. The two score generators employed here are "Semiparametric ARCH" and "Nonlinear Nonparametric". With the first, the standard model is rejected, although some extensions are accepted. With the second, all versions are rejected. The extensions required for an adequate fit are so elaborate that nonparametric specifications are probably more convenient. Corresponding author: George Tauchen, Duke University, Department of Economics, Social Science Building, Box 90097, Durham NC 277080097 USA, phone 19196601812, FAX 19196848974, email get@tauchen.econ.duke.edu. 0 1 Introduction The stochastic volatility model has been proposed as a descripti...
"Peso Problem" Explanations for Term Structure Anomalies
, 1997
"... We examine the empirical evidence on the expectations hypothesis of the term structure of interest rates in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany using the CampbellShiller (1991) regressions and a vectorautoregressive methodology. We argue that anomalies in the U.S. term structure, do ..."
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We examine the empirical evidence on the expectations hypothesis of the term structure of interest rates in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany using the CampbellShiller (1991) regressions and a vectorautoregressive methodology. We argue that anomalies in the U.S. term structure, documented by Campbell and Shiller (1991), may be due to a generalized peso problem in which a highinterest rate regime occuued less frequently in the sample of U.S. data than was rationally anticipated. We formalize this idea as a regimeswitching model of shortterm interest rates estimated with data from seven countries. Technically, this model extends recent research on regimeswitching models with statedependent transitions to a crosssectional setting. Use of the small sample distributions generated by the regimeswitching model for inference considerably weakens the evidence against the expectations hypothesis, but it remains somewhat implausible that our datagenerating process produced the U.S. data. However, a model that combines moderate timevariation in term premiums with pesoproblem effects is largely consistent with term structure