Indirect inference methods for stochastic volatility models based on non-Gaussian Ornstein-Uhlenbeck processes
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This paper aims to develop new methods for statistical inference in a class of stochastic volatility models for financial data based on non-Gaussian Ornstein-Uhlenbeck (OU) processes. Our approach uses indirect inference methods: First, a quasi-likelihood for the actual data is estimated. This quasi-likelihood is based on an approximative Gaussian state space representation of the OU-based model. Next, simulations are made from the data generating OU-model for given parameter values. The indirect inference estimator is the parameter value in the OU-model which gives the best "match" between the quasi-likelihood estimator for the actual data and the quasi-likelihood estimator for the simulated data. Our method is applied to Euro/NOK and US Dollar/NOK daily exchange rates for the period 1.7.1989 until 15.12.2008. Accompanying R-package, that interfaces C++ code is documented and can be downloaded.