I am an Econometrics Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate Programme in Economics and Finance at the University of St.Gallen. I am under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Francesco Audrino, at the Chair of Statistics.
My research interests are centered at the intersection of Econometrics, Machine Learning and Computational Economics. I am particularly enthusiastic about leveraging machine learning methodologies to tackle complex econometric applications. A strong advocate for reproducible research and open-source software, I’m committed to developing software packages that incorporate the methods I develop.
We propose a method using temporal convolutional networks for model parameter estimation by learning the mapping from sample data to its generating parameters. This map is then used for defining moment conditions in simulation-based inference. Our approach outperforms maximum likelihood estimators for small and moderate samples and effectively estimates a jump-diffusion financial model.
We conducted a Monte Carlo simulation study on the application of deep reinforcement learning methods for portfolio management with predictable returns and costly transactions. Our findings reveal varying algorithm performance, emphasizing the need to restrict asset samples for sufficient DRL performance. We also contributed to the Julia programming language ecosystem by providing codes for work replication and extension.
Using causal machine learning, we examine the influence of sentiment from earnings-related news articles on firms’ return, volatility, and trade volume. Our analysis considers price and volume reactions to different sentiments within varying economic, financial, and aggregated investor mood conditions. The findings indicate significant differences in the effects of sentiment types, larger reactions to negative sentiment, and investors’ general underreaction to news, especially in adverse macroeconomic conditions or high stocks liquidity.