Financial Market Volatility: Informative in Predicting Recessions
Bank of Finland Discussion Paper No. 14/2001
25 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2002
Date Written: August 8, 2001
It is commonly agreed that the term spread and stock returns are useful in predicting recessions. We extend these empirical findings by examining interest rate and stock market volatility as additional recession indicators. Both risk-return analysis and the theory of investment under uncertainty provide a rationale for this extension. The results for the United States, Germany and Japan show that interest rate and stock return volatility contribute significantly to the forecasting of future recessions. This holds in particular for short term predictions.
Keywords: business cycles, stock market volatility, interest rate volatility, probit model
JEL Classification: E32, E44, C25
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