This paper shows how to identify nonparametrically scalar stationary diffusions from discrete-time data. The local evolution of the diffusion is characterized by a drift and diffusion coefficient along with the specification of boundary behavior. We recover this local evolution from two objects that can be inferred directly from discrete-time data: the stationary density and a conveniently chosen eigenvalue-eigenfunction pair of the conditional expectation operator over a unit interval of time. This construction also lends itself to a spectral characterization of the over-identifying restrictions implied by a scalar diffusion model of a discrete-time Markov process.
- Continuous-time models in finance
- Spectral decomposition
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Economics and Econometrics