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The AUTOREG Procedure


Consider the series , which follows the GARCH process. The conditional distribution of the series Y for time t is written


where denotes all available information at time . The conditional variance is




The GARCH model reduces to the ARCH process when . At least one of the ARCH parameters must be nonzero (). The GARCH regression model can be written


where .

In addition, you can consider the model with disturbances following an autoregressive process and with the GARCH errors. The AR-GARCH regression model is denoted


GARCH Estimation with Nelson-Cao Inequality Constraints

The GARCH model is written in ARCH() form as


where is a backshift operator. Therefore, if and . Assume that the roots of the following polynomial equation are inside the unit circle:


where and Z is a complex scalar. and do not share common factors. Under these conditions, , , and these coefficients of the ARCH() process are well defined.

Define . The coefficient is written


where for and for .

Nelson and Cao (1992) proposed the finite inequality constraints for GARCH and GARCH cases. However, it is not straightforward to derive the finite inequality constraints for the general GARCH model.

For the GARCH model, the nonlinear inequality constraints are


For the GARCH model, the nonlinear inequality constraints are


where and are the roots of .

For the GARCH model with , only nonlinear inequality constraints ( for to max()) are imposed, together with the in-sample positivity constraints of the conditional variance .

Using the HETERO Statement with GARCH Models

The HETERO statement can be combined with the GARCH= option in the MODEL statement to include input variables in the GARCH conditional variance model. For example, the GARCH variance model with two dummy input variables D1 and D2 is


The following statements estimate this GARCH model:

   proc autoreg data=one;
      model y = x z / garch=(p=1,q=1);
      hetero d1 d2;

The parameters for the variables D1 and D2 can be constrained using the COEF= option. For example, the constraints are imposed by the following statements:

   proc autoreg data=one;
      model y = x z / garch=(p=1,q=1);
      hetero d1 d2 / coef=unit;

Limitations of GARCH and Heteroscedasticity Specifications

When you specify both the GARCH= option and the HETERO statement, the GARCH=(TYPE=EXP) option is not valid. The COVEST= option is not applicable to the EGARCH model.

IGARCH and Stationary GARCH Model

The condition implies that the GARCH process is weakly stationary since the mean, variance, and autocovariance are finite and constant over time. However, this condition is not sufficient for weak stationarity in the presence of autocorrelation. For example, the stationarity condition for an AR(1)-GARCH process is


When the GARCH process is stationary, the unconditional variance of is computed as


where and is the GARCH conditional variance.

Sometimes the multistep forecasts of the variance do not approach the unconditional variance when the model is integrated in variance; that is, .

The unconditional variance for the IGARCH model does not exist. However, it is interesting that the IGARCH model can be strongly stationary even though it is not weakly stationary. Refer to Nelson (1990) for details.


The EGARCH model was proposed by Nelson (1991). Nelson and Cao (1992) argue that the nonnegativity constraints in the linear GARCH model are too restrictive. The GARCH model imposes the nonnegative constraints on the parameters, and , while there are no restrictions on these parameters in the EGARCH model. In the EGARCH model, the conditional variance, , is an asymmetric function of lagged disturbances :




The coefficient of the second term in is set to be 1 (=1) in our formulation. Note that if . The properties of the EGARCH model are summarized as follows:

  • The function is linear in with slope coefficient if is positive while is linear in with slope coefficient if is negative.

  • Suppose that . Large innovations increase the conditional variance if and decrease.

  • the conditional variance if

  • Suppose that . The innovation in variance, , is positive if the innovations are less than . Therefore, the negative innovations in returns, , cause the innovation to the conditional variance to be positive if is much less than 1.


The GARCH-M model has the added regressor that is the conditional standard deviation:


where follows the ARCH or GARCH process.

Maximum Likelihood Estimation

The family of GARCH models are estimated using the maximum likelihood method. The log-likelihood function is computed from the product of all conditional densities of the prediction errors.

When is assumed to have a standard normal distribution (), the log-likelihood function is given by


where and is the conditional variance. When the GARCH-M model is estimated, . When there are no regressors, the residuals are denoted as or .

If has the standardized Student’s t distribution, the log-likelihood function for the conditional t distribution is


where is the gamma function and is the degree of freedom (). Under the conditional t distribution, the additional parameter is estimated. The log-likelihood function for the conditional t distribution converges to the log-likelihood function of the conditional normal GARCH model as .

The likelihood function is maximized via either the dual quasi-Newton or trust region algorithm. The default is the dual quasi-Newton algorithm. The starting values for the regression parameters are obtained from the OLS estimates. When there are autoregressive parameters in the model, the initial values are obtained from the Yule-Walker estimates. The starting value is used for the GARCH process parameters.

The variance-covariance matrix is computed using the Hessian matrix. The dual quasi-Newton method approximates the Hessian matrix while the quasi-Newton method gets an approximation of the inverse of Hessian. The trust region method uses the Hessian matrix obtained using numerical differentiation. When there are active constraints, that is, , the variance-covariance matrix is given by


where and . Therefore, the variance-covariance matrix without active constraints reduces to .

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