The Global Determinants of International Equity Risk Premiums
61 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2019 Last revised: 15 Jul 2021
Date Written: July 14, 2021
We examine the commonality in international equity risk premiums by linking empirical evidence for the international stock return predictability of US downside and upside variance risk premiums (DVP and UVP, respectively) with implications from an international asset pricing framework, which features asymmetric global macroeconomic, financial market, and risk aversion shocks. We find that DVP and UVP predict international stock returns through different global equity risk premium determinants: bad and good macroeconomic uncertainties, respectively. Across countries, US investors demand lower macroeconomic risk compensation but higher financial market risk compensation for more-integrated countries.
Keywords: Downside variance risk premium, Upside variance risk premium, International stock markets, Asymmetric state variables, Stock return predictability
JEL Classification: F36, G12, G13, G15
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