Volatility in discrete and continuous-time models: A survey with new evidence on large and small jumps

Diep Duong, Norman R. Swanson

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The topic of volatility measurement and estimation is central to financial and more generally time-series econometrics. In this chapter, we begin by surveying models of volatility, both discrete and continuous, and then we summarize some selected empirical findings from the literature. In particular, in the first sections of this chapter, we discuss important developments in volatility models, with focus on time-varying and stochastic volatility as well as nonparametric volatility estimation. The models discussed share the common feature that volatilities are unobserved and belong to the class of missing variables. We then provide empirical evidence on "small" and "large" jumps from the perspective of their contribution to overall realized variation, using high-frequency price return data on 25 stocks in the DOW 30. Our "small" and "large" jump variations are constructed at three truncation levels, using extant methodology of Barndorff-Nielsen and Shephard (2006), Andersen, Bollerslev, and Diebold (2007), and Aït-Sahalia and Jacod (2009a, 2009b, 2009c). Evidence of jumps is found in around 22.8% of the days during the 1993-2000 period, much higher than the corresponding figure of 9.4% during the 2001-2008 period. Although the overall role of jumps is lessening, the role of large jumps has not decreased, and indeed, the relative role of large jumps, as a proportion of overall jumps, has actually increased in the 2000s.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMissing Data Methods
Subtitle of host publicationTime-Series Methods and Applications
Number of pages55
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameAdvances in Econometrics
Volume27 B
ISSN (Print)0731-9053

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics


  • Infinite activity jumps
  • Itô semimartingale
  • Jumps
  • Multipower variation
  • Realized volatility
  • Truncated power variation


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