Volatility in Equilibrium: Asymmetries and Dynamic Dependencies

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Tim Bollerslev

Duke University - Finance; Duke University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

George Tauchen

Duke University - Economics Group

Natalia Sizova

Rice University

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Date Written: August 1, 2009


Stock market volatility clusters in time, appears fractionally integrated, carries a risk premium, and exhibits asymmetric leverage effects relative to returns. At the same time, the volatility risk premium, defined by the difference between the risk-neutral and objective expectations of the volatility, is distinctly less persistent and appears short-memory. This paper develops the first internally consistent equilibrium based explanation for all of these empirical facts. The model is cast in continuous-time and entirely self-contained, involving non-separable recursive preferences. Our empirical investigations are made possible through the use of newly available high-frequency intra-day data for the VIX volatility index, along with corresponding high-frequency data for the S&P 500 aggregate market portfolio. We show that the qualitative implications from the new theoretical model match remarkably well with the distinct shapes and patterns in the sample autocorrelations and dynamic cross-correlations in the returns and volatilities observed in the data.

Keywords: Equilibrium asset pricing, stochastic volatility, leverage effect, volatility feedback, option implied volatility, realized volatility, variance risk premium

JEL Classification: C22, C51, C52, G12, G13, G14

Suggested Citation

Bollerslev, Tim and Tauchen, George E. and Sizova, Natalia, Volatility in Equilibrium: Asymmetries and Dynamic Dependencies (August 1, 2009). Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (ERID) Working Paper No. 73. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1687985 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1687985

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