Commodity Price Volatility and the Economic Uncertainty of Pandemics
16 Pages Posted: 5 May 2020
Date Written: April 10, 2020
In this paper, we empirically investigate the impact of pandemics on commodity price volatility. In specific,we explore the impact of economic uncertainty related to global pandemics on the volatility of the S&P GSCI commodity index as well as on the sub-indexes of crude oil and gold. The results show that uncertainty related to pandemics have a strong negative impact on the volatility of commodity markets and especially on crude oil market, while the effect on gold market is positive but less significant. Our findings remain robust to a series of robustness checks.
Keywords: Pandemics, Commodity Markets, Economic Uncertainty, Volatility
JEL Classification: C32, Q02, I10
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