Noise Bubbles

40 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2014

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Mario Forni

Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE) - Faculty of Business and Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Luca Gambetti

Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Marco Lippi

Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche (DiSSE); Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF)

Luca Sala

University of Bocconi - Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research (IGIER)

Date Written: November 2014

Abstract

We introduce imperfect information in stock prices determination. Agents receive a noisy signal about the structural shock driving future dividend variations. Equilibrium stock prices include a transitory "noise bubble" which can be responsible for boom and bust episodes unrelated to economic fundamentals. We propose a non-standard VAR procedure to estimate impulse response functions to noise shock and the bubble component of stock prices. Noise explains a large fraction of US stock prices. The dot-com bubble is explained by noise. The 2007 stock price boom is not a bubble, whereas the following stock market crisis is due to negative noise shocks.

Keywords: Rational bubbles, structural VARs, noise shocks

JEL Classification: C32, E32, E62

Suggested Citation

Forni, Mario and Gambetti, Luca and Lippi, Marco and Sala, Luca, Noise Bubbles (November 2014). Baffi Center Research Paper No. 2014-160. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2527954 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2527954

Mario Forni

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Luca Gambetti

Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona ( email )

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Marco Lippi

Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche (DiSSE) ( email )

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Luca Sala (Contact Author)

University of Bocconi - Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research (IGIER) ( email )

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