Refereed Publications


Variants of Mixtures: Information Properties and Applications

co-authored with Majid Asadi, Nader Ebrahimi, and Ehsan Soofi,  Journal of the Iranian Statistical Society, forthcoming.


MR Plot: A Big Data Tool for Distinguishing Distributions

co-authored with Majid Asadi, Nader Ebrahimi, and Ehsan Soofi,  Statistical Analysis and Data Mining: The American Statistical Association Data Science Journal, 2020, 13, 405-418. DOI: 10.1002/sam.11464.

A Mediated Multi-RNN Hybrid System for Prediction of Stock Prices

co-authored with Ray Hashemi, Azita Bahrami, and Jeffrey Young, Proceedings of the International Conference on Computational Science and Computational Intelligence, forthcoming.


Re-evaluating the Effectiveness of Inflation Targeting

co-authored with Kundan Kishor and Suyong Song , Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 2018, 90, 76-97. DOI: 10.1016/j.jedc.2018.01.045.

Ranking Forecasts by Stochastic Error Distance, Information and Reliability Measures

co-authored with Nader Ebrahimi and Ehsan Soofi, International Statistical Review, 2018, 86(3), 442-468. DOI: 10.1111/insr.12250. Online Appendix.

Examining the Success of the Central Banks in Inflation Targeting Countries: The Dynamics of the Inflation Gap and Institutional Characteristics

co-authored with Kundan Kishor, Studies in Nonlinear Dynamics and Econometrics, 2018, 22(1). DOI: 10.1515/snde-2016-0085.

A Mining Driven Decision Support System for Joining the European Monetary Union

co-authored with Ray Hashemi, Azita Bahrami, Jeffrey Young, and Rosina Campbell. Proceedings of the International Conference on Advances in Information Mining and Management, 2018, 39-45. ISBN: 978-1-61208-654-5.


Extraction of the Essential Constituents of the S&P 500 Index

co-authored with Ray Hashemi, Azita Bahrami, and Jeffrey Young, Proceedings of the International Conference on Computational Science and Computational Intelligence, 2017, 350-356. DOI: 10.1109/CSCI.2017.59.


Doctoral Dissertations in Economics

Journal of Economic Literature, 54(4), 2016, 1551-1580. DOI: 10.1257/jel.54.4.1551.

Working Papers

“The Entropic Valuation of Options: Accounting for Higher Order Moments in High-frequency Data”

Abstract: An alternative approach to the Black-Scholes-Merton formulation of option valuation is the entropy pricing theory. Entropy pricing applies notions of information theory to derive the theoretical value of options. I elaborate further on the maximum entropy formulation of option pricing using a generalized set of moment constraints. Higher order moments contain more information about the price density and characterize the shape of the underlying distribution. In a Monte Carlo study, I present entropies of heavy-tailed distributions and show that entropic call densities vary with constraints and become closer to each other as the order of moments increases. In an empirical analysis using high-frequency S&P 500 index options, I examine the impact of moment constraints on the accuracy of theoretical values. Simulation and empirical evidence suggest that the entropic pricing framework provides more accurate results for heavy-tailed, high-frequency data when higher order moment constraints are imposed.

“Market Manipulation in the Midst of the Pandemic”

co-authored with Viktoria Dalko and Hyeeun Shim.

Abstract: At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chicago Board Options Exchange’s volatility index reached heights last experienced during the 2008 financial crisis. Although the World Health Organization announcement of the pandemic and an increasing number of COVID-19 cases and deaths contribute to the high level of volatility, the question remains whether stock market manipulation has increased. This paper provides a framework to capture market manipulation, gives simulation examples, and illustrates empirical evidence of manipulation in financial markets. The framework is applied to the recent manipulation cases. Our findings suggest a higher degree of market manipulation subsequent to the declaration of the pandemic.

“The impact of marketing time on home prices: A control function approach”

co-authored with Jason Beck and Suyong Song.

Abstract: Hedonic modeling can be used to examine the impacts of housing characteristics on selling price. This paper estimates a hedonic price function for single-family houses in Savannah, GA for the period 2007–2016. Digressing from conventional approaches of modeling a reduced-form hedonic price function, we estimate a structural function whereby the house sale price is directly affected by not only the usual house attributes, but also marketing time. Both the home sale price and time on market, however, are endogenously determined. To account for this source of endogeneity, we estimate the structural hedonic function using a parametric control function. The control-function estimator utilizes conditional heteroskedasticity of structural errors in the triangular model. Using this approach, we identify relationship between the house price and its time on market solely based on nonlinearities in the control function without the need to look for excludable instrumental variables for the latter endogenous variable. Our findings suggest that housing prices increase with marketing time.

“Does membership of the EMU matter for economic and financial outcomes?”

co-authored with Kundan Kishor and Suyong Song.

Abstract: We examine treatment effects of joining the European monetary union (EMU) on macroeconomic and financial outcomes in member countries. Specifically, we apply propensity score analysis to mitigate the self-selection bias associated with the non-random nature of joining the union. The findings suggest that average treatment effect on the treated (ATT) of the EMU is associated with decline in volatility of inflation, real GDP growth and bond yields. Splitting the sample into the pre-crisis (1990-2008) and the post-crisis (2009-2019) periods and exclusion of Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain (PIGS) from the sample show divergent pattern of ATTs on bond yields and the debt-GDP ratio. The results suggest that the fiscal situation in the member states that excluded PIGS worsened in the pre-crisis period. We also find that PIGS benefitted from the EMU membership in terms of lower bond yields in the pre-crisis period.

“Forecasting Marketing Time in the Savannah Housing Market”

co-authored with Ray Hashemi, Jason Beck, Azita Bahrami, and A Galbraith.

Abstract: The number of days that a home stays on the market, also known as Days-On-Market (DOM), provides information about the real estate market. At the micro level, DOM affects the buyer’s and seller’s decision and at the macro level, DOM is a measure of liquidity in the housing market and indicates the level of risk associated with real estate investments. We introduce a data mining method to forecast DOM for homes in savannah. 

“A Real Options Approach to Valuing the Costs of Global Sea Level Rise”

co-authored with Ruth Dittrich.

Sea level rise is a major consequences of climate change. This paper studies climate change uncertainty through an information theory framework and examines the current cost of extreme sea level rise within a real options analysis. We first propose an approach to estimate the risk-neutral density of change in global mean sea level and then use the estimated density to compute the expected overall cost from sea level rise. The proposed framework accounts for extreme sea level rise in computing the theoretical option value.