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Downside Variance Risk Premium

Forthcoming in the Journal of Financial Econometrics.

53 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2015 Last revised: 23 May 2017

Bruno Feunou

Bank of Canada

Mohammad R. Jahan-Parvar

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Cedric Okou

University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM)

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Date Written: December 1, 2016

Abstract

We propose a new decomposition of the variance risk premium (VRP) in terms of upside and downside VRPs. These components reflect market compensation for changes in good and bad uncertainties. Empirically, we establish that the downside VRP is the main component of the VRP. We find a positive and significant link between the downside VRP and the equity premium, and a negative but statistically insignificant link between the upside VRP and the equity premium. The opposite relationships between these two components and the equity premium explains the stronger link found between the downside VRP and the equity premium compared with the well-established relationship between VRP and the equity premium. A simple equilibrium consumption-based asset pricing model, fitted to the U.S. data, supports our decomposition.

Keywords: Risk-neutral volatility, Realized volatility, Downside and upside variance risk premium, Skewness risk premium

JEL Classification: G12

Suggested Citation

Feunou, Bruno and Jahan-Parvar, Mohammad R. and Okou, Cedric, Downside Variance Risk Premium (December 1, 2016). Forthcoming in the Journal of Financial Econometrics.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2561008 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2561008

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