Pricing Kernel Monotonicity and Conditional Information
Forthcoming, Review of Financial Studies
59 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2014 Last revised: 5 Oct 2017
Date Written: October 5, 2017
A large literature finds evidence that pricing kernels nonparametrically estimated from option prices and historical returns are not monotonically decreasing in market index returns. We argue that existing estimation methods are inconsistent and propose a new nonparametric estimator of the pricing kernel that reflects the information available to investors who set asset prices. In simulations, the estimator outperforms existing techniques. Our empirical estimates using S&P 500 index option data from 1996 to 2014 and FTSE 100 index option data from 2002 to 2014 suggest that the "pricing kernel puzzle'' is due to flaws in existing estimators rather than a behavioral or economic phenomenon.
Keywords: pricing kernel monotonicity
JEL Classification: G12, G13
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