Volatility Impulse Response Functions for Multivariate Garch Models
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AbstractIn the empirical analysis of financial time series, multivariate GARCH models have been used in various forms.As it is typical for nonlinear models there is yet no unique framework available to uncover dynamic covariance relationships for vector return processes.We introduce a new concept of impulse response functions tracing the e#ects of independent shocks on volatility through time.The advocated methodology avoids typical orthogonalization and ordering problems.Theoretical properties of volatility impulse response functions are derived and compared with conditional moment profiles introduced by Gallant, Rossi and Tauchen(1LLM for semi-nonparametric models.In an empirical study of a bivariate foreign exchange rate series we use volatility impulse response functions to compare alternative parametric volatility specifications.It is shown that for shocks a#ecting foreign exchange rates in an asymmetric way, the di#erence between our methodology and conditional volatility profiles can be substantial. Keywords: Multivariate GARCH, impulse response, exchange rate, volatility JEL Classification: C22 1 Electrabel, R&amp;D Energy Markets, Place de l&apos;Universite1E B-1J: Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.email christian.haff . 2 Institut fur Statistik und Okonometrie, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultat, Humboldt--Universitat zu Berlin, SpandauerStr.1 D-11u Berlin, Germany. e-mail email@example.com. This paper is a revised version of CORE discussion paper 9847.Both authors would like to thank Luc Bauwens, Jeroen Rombouts and Helmut Lutkepohl for helpful comments.Financial support by the Belgian Government and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft is gratefully acknowledged. This text presents research results of the Belgian Program on Interuniversity Poles of At...