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Regular variation of GARCH processes

Bojan Basrak, Richard A. Davis and Thomas Mikosch

Stochastic Processes and their Applications, 2002, vol. 99, issue 1, 95-115

Abstract: We show that the finite-dimensional distributions of a GARCH process are regularly varying, i.e., the tails of these distributions are Pareto-like and hence heavy-tailed. Regular variation of the joint distributions provides insight into the moment properties of the process as well as the dependence structure between neighboring observations when both are large. Regular variation also plays a vital role in establishing the large sample behavior of a variety of statistics from a GARCH process including the sample mean and the sample autocovariance and autocorrelation functions. In particular, if the 4th moment of the process does not exist, the rate of convergence of the sample autocorrelations becomes extremely slow, and if the second moment does not exist, the sample autocorrelations have non-degenerate limit distributions.

Keywords: Point; process; Vague; convergence; Multivariate; regular; variation; Mixing; condition; Stationary; process; Heavy; tail; Sample; autocovariance; Sample; autocorrelation; GARCH; Finance; Markov; chain (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2002
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