Price Adjustment to News with Uncertain Precision
Posted: 9 Feb 2012 Last revised: 15 Feb 2012
Date Written: January 1, 2012
We analyze how markets adjust to new information when the reliability of news is uncertain and has to be estimated itself. We propose a Bayesian learning model where market participants receive fundamental information along with noisy estimates of news’ precision. It is shown that the efficiency of a precision estimate drives the slope and the shape of price response functions to news. Increasing estimation errors induce stronger nonlinearities in price responses. Analyzing high-frequency reactions of Treasury bond futures prices to employment releases, we find strong empirical support for the model’s predictions and show that the consideration of precision uncertainty is statistically and economically important.
Keywords: Bayesian learning, Macroeconomic announcements, Information quality, Precision signals
JEL Classification: E44, G14
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