Three essays on the econometric analysis of high frequency financial data
Title: Three essays on the econometric analysis of high frequency financial data
Author: OOMEN, Roel C. A.
Citation: Florence, European University Institute, 2003
Series/Report no.: EUI PhD theses; Department of Economics
This thesis is motivated by the observation that the time series properties of financial security prices can vary fundamentally with their sampling frequency. Econometric models developed for low frequency data may thus be unsuitable for high frequency data and vice versa. For instance, while daily or weekly returns are generally well described by a martingale difference sequence, the dynamics of intra-daily, say, minute by minute, returns can be substantially more complex. Despite this apparent conflict between the behavior of high and low frequency data, it is clear that the two are intimately related and that high frequency data carries a wealth of information regarding the properties of the process, also at low frequency. The objective of this thesis is to deepen our understanding of the way in which high frequency data can be used in financial econometrics. In particular, we focus on (i) how to model high frequency security prices, and (ii) how to use high frequency data to estimate latent variables such as return volatility. One finding throughout the thesis is that the choice of sampling frequency is of fundamental importance as it determines both the dynamics and the information content of the data. A more detailed description of the chapters follows below.
LC Subject Heading: Macroeconomics -- Models
Defence date: 13 June 2003; Examining Board: Prof. H. Peter Boswijk, University of Amsterdam ; Prof. Søren Johansen, University of Copenhagen, Supervisor ; Prof. Helmut Lütkepohl, EUI ; Prof. Stephen Taylor, Lancaster University
Type of Access: openAccess