Sources of Volatility During Four Oil Price Crashes

14 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016

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Date Written: September 28, 2015


Previous sharp oil price declines have been accompanied by elevated ex post volatility. In contrast, volatility was much less elevated during the oil price crash in 2014/15. This paper provides evidence that oil prices declined in a relatively measured manner during 2014/15, with dispersion of price changes that was considerably smaller than comparable oil price declines. This finding is robust to nonparametric and GARCH measures of volatility. Further, the U.S. dollar appreciation exerted a strong influence on volatility during the recent crash; in contrast, the impact of shocks on equity markets was muted.

Keywords: Commodity Risk Management

Suggested Citation

Baffes, John and Kshirsagar, Varun, Sources of Volatility During Four Oil Price Crashes (September 28, 2015). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7425, Available at SSRN:

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