Sentiment, Asset Prices, and Systemic Risk

31 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2011 Last revised: 21 Mar 2012

Giovanni Barone-Adesi

Swiss Finance Institute at the University of Lugano; Swiss Finance Institute

Loriano Mancini

USI Lugano - Institute of Finance; Swiss Finance Institute

Hersh Shefrin

Santa Clara University - Leavey School of Business

Date Written: March 20, 2012

Abstract

Regulators charged with monitoring systemic risk need to focus on sentiment as well as narrowly defined measures of systemic risk. This chapter describes techniques for jointly monitoring the co-evolution of sentiment and systemic risk. To measure systemic risk, we use Marginal Expected Shortfall. To measure sentiment, we apply a behavioral extension of traditional pricing kernel theory, which we supplement with external proxies. We illustrate the technique by analyzing the dynamics of sentiment before, during, and after the global financial crisis which erupted in September 2008. Using stock and options data for the S&P 500 during the period 2002–2009, our analysis documents the statistical relationship between sentiment and systemic risk.

Keywords: systemic risk, marginal expected shortfall, pricing kernel, overconfidence, optimism

JEL Classification: E61, G01, G02, G28

Suggested Citation

Barone-Adesi, Giovanni and Mancini, Loriano and Shefrin, Hersh, Sentiment, Asset Prices, and Systemic Risk (March 20, 2012). Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper No. 11-50. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1953621 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1953621

Giovanni Barone-Adesi

Swiss Finance Institute at the University of Lugano ( email )

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CH-6904 Lugano
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Swiss Finance Institute

c/o University of Geneva
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Switzerland

Loriano Mancini

USI Lugano - Institute of Finance ( email )

Via Giuseppe Buffi 6
6904 Lugano, CH-6904
Switzerland
+41 (0)91 912 46 47 (Fax)

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Swiss Finance Institute ( email )

c/o University of Geneva
40, Bd du Pont-d'Arve
CH-1211 Geneva 4
Switzerland

Hersh Shefrin (Contact Author)

Santa Clara University - Leavey School of Business ( email )

Dept. of Finance
Santa Clara, CA 95053
United States
408-554-6893 (Phone)
408-554-4029 (Fax)

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