Multi-Factor Gegenbauer Processes and European Inflation Rates

Discussion Papers 879, 24 S.

Guglielmo Maria Caporale, Luis A. Gil-Alana

2009. Apr.

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In this paper we specify a multi-factor long-memory process that enables us to estimate the fractional differencing parameters at each frequency separately, and adopt this framework to model quarterly prices in three European countries (France, Italy and the UK). The empirical results suggest that inflation in France and Italy is nonstationary. However, while for the former country this applies both to the zero and the seasonal frequencies, in the case of Italy the nonstationarity comes exclusively from the long-run or zero frequency. In the UK, inflation seems to be stationary with a component of long memory at both the zero and the semi-annual frequencies, especially at the former.

JEL-Classification: C22;O40
Keywords: Fractional Integration, Long Memory, Inflation
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