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Estimation of the stochastic conditional duration model via alternative methods

John Knight and Cathy Ning ()

Econometrics Journal, 2008, vol. 11, issue 3, 593-616

Abstract: This paper examines the estimation of the Stochastic Conditional Duration model by the empirical characteristic function and the generalized method of moments when maximum likelihood is unavailable. The joint characteristic function for the durations along with general expressions for the moments are derived, leading naturally to estimation via the empirical characteristic function and generalized method of moments. In a Monte Carlo study as well as an empirical application, these alternative methods are compared with quasi maximum likelihood. These experiments reveal that the empirical characteristic function approach outperforms the quasi maximum likelihood and generalized method of moments in terms of both bias and root mean square error. Copyright The Author(s). Journal compilation Royal Economic Society 2008

Date: 2008
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