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Essex Centre for Financial Econometrics

The way in which financial markets and their participants affect the price of securities is a subject of contention. Some commentators suggest that relatively new, high-frequency traders in equity markets, or speculators in commodity markets, have boosted liquidity and market efficiency. Others argue that they increase volatility and risk. This dichotomy has led to fierce policy debate regarding the appropriate financial regulatory approach at national and international levels.

Decisions on financial policy require expertise in both finance and econometrics. Financial analysis requires computational methods and the handling of large-scale datasets to statistically model returns, volatility, higher moments and generate forecasts.

The Essex Centre for Financial Econometrics brings together academic and industry expertise from inside and outside the University of Essex to research and help solve important issues in financial markets.

Our work

Financial econometrics is a multi-disciplinary activity, combining research in finance, statistics, economics, mathematics and computing. We have a strong tradition of high quality internationally recognised research in the following areas:

  • time series analysis in general and financial econometrics
  • the application of time series methods to problems in macro-economics and finance
  • forecasting with high frequency data
  • the relationship between trading partners and trading volume
  • how modelling volatility affects statistical tests of financial data
  • whether speculator positions affect food and energy prices
  • the effect of policy on banking activity

Upcoming events

See all seminars for the Centre for Financial Econometrics.

Past events

  • Time Variation and Non‐Linear Models in Econometrics and Macroeconomics

    Date: Thursday 9 to Friday 10 June 2016

    Venue: Bank of England.

    This invitation only workshop saw practitioners share new developments and work in progress. It was co-organised by Fabio Canova, Norwegian Business School, George Kapetanios, Kings College London, Simon Price, Essex Business School, and Kostas Theodoridis, Bank of England and was sponsored by ECFE, Kings College and the Bank of England.

  • International conference and the John Nankervis Memorial Lecture

    An inaugural international conference was held on 12-13 June 2014, incorporating the 2014 John Nankervis Memorial Lecture. The conference was attended by over 60 delegates from around the world. Key note presentations were given by, among others:

    • Oliver Linton, Cambridge
    • Richard Baillie, MSU and QMUL
    • Andrew Harvey, Cambridge
    • BJ Christensen, Aarhus
    • Morten Nielsen, Queen’s Canada

    Professor Peter Phillips, Yale, delivered the 2014 John Nankervis Memorial Lecture. Other speakers included James Davidson, Exeter, Enrique Sentana,CEMFI, and Brendan McCabe, Liverpool, as well as a number of speakers from Essex.

    A special issue of the Journal of Empirical Finance arising from the papers given at the conference was Guest Edited by Robert Taylor and Neil Kellard.


  • External Fellows

    • Karim Abadir, UCL
    • Yacine Ait-Sahalia, Princeton
    • Richard Baillie, MSU and QMUL
    • Chris Brookes, Reading
    • Dr Fabio Busetti, Bank of Italy
    • Giuseppe Cavaliere, Bologna
    • BJ Christensen, Aarhus
    • Dick van Dijk, Erasmus, Rotterdam
    • Andrew Harvey, Cambridge
    • Peter Hansen, EUI
    • George Kapetanios, QMUL
    • Dennis Kristensen, UCL
    • Tassos Magdalinos, Southampton
    • Michael McAleer, Erasmus, Rotterdam
    • Professor Roderick McCrorie, St Andrews
    • Morten Nielsen, Queen’s Canada
    • Denise Osborn, Manchester
    • Andrew Patton, Duke
    • Hashem Pesaran, USC and Cambridge
    • Peter Phillips, Yale
    • Professor Paulo Rodrigues, Bank of Portugal
    • Mark Salmon,Cambridge
    • Allan Timmerman, UCSD
    • Giorgio Valente, City University of Hong Kong
    • Professor Martin Weale, Bank of England
    • Mark Wohar, Nebraska
    • Dr Andreas Beyer, European Central Bank

  • Internal Fellows

Postgraduate study

Our Centre offers a number of opportunities for postgraduate study:

Masters study

PhD study

If you are interested in studying for a PhD with us, please contact Professor Neil Kellard or Professor Marcus Chambers.

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