A Dynamic Conditional Score Model for the Log Correlation Matrix

The Essex Centre for Macro and Econometics (ECMFE) warmly invite you to join guest speaker Professor Christian Hafner from   Université catholique de Louvain (UCL).

  • Wed 10 Feb 21

    13:00 - 14:30

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  • Event speaker

    Professor Christian Hafner, Professor of Econometrics at  Université catholique de Louvain

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    Essex Centre for Macro and Financial Econometric Research Seminar Series

  • Event organiser

    Essex Business School

  • Contact details

    Dr Yuqian Zhao

The Essex Centre for Macro and 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.

Seminar abstract

This presentation proposes a new model for the dynamics of correlation matrices, where the dynamics are driven by the likelihood score with respect to the matrix logarithm of the correlation matrix.

In analogy to the exponential GARCH model for volatility, this transformation ensures that the correlation matrices remain positive definite, even in high dimensions.

For the conditional distribution of returns it is assumed a student-t copula to explain the dependence structure and univariate student-t for the marginals with potentially different degrees of freedom. 

The separation into volatility and correlation parts allows two-step estimation, which facilitates estimation in high dimensions.

The researchers derive estimation theory for one-step and two-step estimation. 

In an application to a set of six asset indices including financial and alternative assets we show that the model performs well in terms of various diagnostics and specification tests.


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Join this Seminar on Wednesday 10 February 2021 at 1pm

Speaker bio

Christian Hafner is a Professor of Econometrics at Université catholique de Louvain (UCL).

He serves the editorial board of Studies in Nonlinear Dynamics and Econometrics, Computer Statistics, Banking and Finance Review and International Econometric Review.

Christian is a prolific researcher. His research has been published on top econometrics/economics journals, including;

  • Journal of Econometrics
  • Journal of Business and Economic Statistics
  • Econometric Theory 
  • Journal of Applied Econometrics 

as well as many more.

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