Non-parametric multiple change point analysis of the global financial crisis

David E. Allen, Michael McAleer, Robert J. Powell, Abhay K. Singh

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This paper presents an application of a recently developed approach by Matteson and James (2014) for the analysis of change points in a dataset, namely major financial market indices converted to financial return series. The general problem concerns the inference of a change in the distribution of a set of time-ordered variables. The approach involves the non-parametric estimation of both the number of change points and the positions at which they occur. The approach is general and does not involve assumptions about the nature of the distributions involved or the type of change beyond the assumption of the existence of the α absolute moment, for some α∈(0,2). The estimation procedure is based on hierarchical clustering and the application of both divisive and agglomerative algorithms. The method is used to evaluate the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on the US, French, German, UK, Japanese and Chinese markets, as represented by the SP500, CAC, DAX, FTSE All Share, Nikkei 225 and Shanghai A share Indices, respectively, from 2003 to 2013. The approach is used to explore the timing and the number of change points in the datasets corresponding to the GFC and subsequent European Debt Crisis.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1850008
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalAnnals of Financial Economics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018


  • Non-parametric analysis
  • multiple change points
  • cluster analysis
  • global financial crisis


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