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Ambiguity Aversion and Variance Premium

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  • Jianjun Miao

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    (Department of Economics, Boston University)

  • Bin Wei

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    (Capital Markets Section, Federal Reserve Board)

  • Hao Zhou

    ()
    (Capital Markets Section, Federal Reserve Board)

Abstract

This paper offers an ambiguity-based interpretation of variance premium - the differ- ence between risk-neutral and objective expectations of market return variance - as a com- pounding effect of both belief distortion and variance differential regarding the uncertain economic regimes. Our approach endogenously generates variance premium without impos- ing exogenous stochastic volatility or jumps in consumption process. Such a framework can reasonably match the mean variance premium as well as the mean equity premium, equity volatility, and the mean risk-free rate in the data. We find that about 96 percent of the mean variance premium can be attributed to ambiguity aversion. Applying the model to historical consumption data, we find that variance premium mostly captures depressions, deep recessions, and financial panics, with a post war peak in 2009.

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Paper provided by Boston University - Department of Economics in its series Boston University - Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number WP2012-009.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2012
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Handle: RePEc:bos:wpaper:wp2012-009

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Keywords: Ambiguity aversion; learning; variance premium; regime-shift; belief distortion;

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  1. Philippe Mueller & Andrea Vedolin & Hao Zhou, 2011. "Short Run Bond Risk Premia," FMG Discussion Papers, Financial Markets Group dp686, Financial Markets Group.
  2. Larry G. Epstein & JianJun Miao, 2001. "A Two-Person Dynamic Equilibrium under Ambiguity," RCER Working Papers 478, University of Rochester - Center for Economic Research (RCER).
  3. Zengjing Chen & Larry G. Epstein, 2000. "Ambiguity, risk and asset returns in continuous time," RCER Working Papers 474, University of Rochester - Center for Economic Research (RCER).
  4. Sujoy Mukerji & Kevin Sheppard & Fabrice Collard and Jean-Marc Tallon, 2011. "Ambiguity and the historical equity premium," Economics Series Working Papers 550, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
  5. Hui Chen & Nengjiu Ju & Jianjun Miao, 2008. "Dynamic Asset Allocation with Ambiguous Return Predictability," Boston University - Department of Economics - The Institute for Economic Development Working Papers Series dp-179, Boston University - Department of Economics, revised Feb 2009.
  6. Jianjun Miao & NENGJIU JU, 2010. "Ambiguity, Learning, And Asset Returns," Boston University - Department of Economics - Working Papers Series, Boston University - Department of Economics WP2010-031, Boston University - Department of Economics.
  7. Jianjun Miao & Takashi Hayashi, 2010. "Intertemporal substitution and recursive smooth ambiguity preferences," Boston University - Department of Economics - Working Papers Series, Boston University - Department of Economics WP2010-030, Boston University - Department of Economics.
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  1. Gonçalo Faria & João Correia-da-Silva, 2014. "A closed-form solution for options with ambiguity about stochastic volatility," Review of Derivatives Research, Springer, vol. 17(2), pages 125-159, July.

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