Behavioral in the Short-run and Rational in the Long-run? Evidence from S&P 500 Options

60 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2019 Last revised: 9 Nov 2020

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Joost Driessen

Tilburg University - Tilburg University School of Economics and Management; Tilburg University - Center for Economic Research (CentER)

Joren Koëter

Department of Finance; Tilburg University - Center for Economic Research (CentER)

Ole Wilms

Tilburg University - Tilburg University School of Economics and Management

Date Written: October 1, 2019

Abstract

We estimate the pricing kernel from options on the S&P 500 index for different horizons and over time. This allows us to compare short-term and long-term pricing kernels and analyze their time-series variation. We show that the well documented pricing kernel puzzle–the non-monotonicity of the pricing kernel–only exists for short horizons. For longer horizons the puzzle disappears and the level, shape and time-series variation of the pricing kernel are in line with standard rational asset-pricing models. In contrast, we show that the empirical features of the short-term kernel can be explained by a behavioral asset-pricing model.

Keywords: asset pricing, pricing kernel, stochastic discount factor, pricing kernel puzzle, options

JEL Classification: G12, G13

Suggested Citation

Driessen, Joost and Koëter, Joren and Wilms, Ole, Behavioral in the Short-run and Rational in the Long-run? Evidence from S&P 500 Options (October 1, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3462415 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3462415

Joost Driessen

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Tilburg University - Center for Economic Research (CentER) ( email )

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Joren Koëter (Contact Author)

Department of Finance; Tilburg University - Center for Economic Research (CentER) ( email )

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Ole Wilms

Tilburg University - Tilburg University School of Economics and Management ( email )

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Tilburg, 5000 LE Ti
Netherlands

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