Financial market volatility: informative in predicting recessions
AbstractIt 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.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Bank of Finland in its series Research Discussion Papers with number 14/2001.
Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 08 Aug 2001
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business cycles; stock market volatility; interest rate volatility; probit model;
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- E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
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