Estimating Conditional Expectations when Volatility Fluctuates
NBER Technical Working Paper No. 140
Asymptotic variance of estimated parameters in models of conditional expectations are calculated analytically assuming a GARCH process for conditional volatility. Under such heteroskedasticity, OLS estimators or parameters in single-period models can posses substantially larger asymptotic variances the GMM estimators employing additional multiperiod moment conditions - an approach yielding no efficiency gain under homoskedasticity. In estimating models of long- horizon expectations, the VAR approach provides an efficiency advantage over long-horizon regressions under homoskedasticity, but that ordering can reverse under heteroskedasticity, especially when the conditional mean and variance are both persistent. In such cases, the VAR approach maintains a slight efficiency advantage if the OLS estimator is replaced by an alternative GMM estimator. Heteroskedasticity can increase dramatically the apparent asymptotic power advantages of long-horizon regressions to reject constant expectations against persistent alternatives.