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Identifying Volatility Signals from Time-Varying Simultaneous Stock Market Interaction

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  • Strohsal, Till
  • Weber, Enzo

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In the academic literature, the economic interpretation of stock market volatility is inherently ambivalent, being considered an indicator of either information flow or uncertainty. We show in a stylized model economy that both views suggest volatility-dependent cross-market spillovers. If higher volatility in one market leads to higher (lower) reactions in another market, volatility reflects information (uncertainty). We introduce a simultaneous time-varying coefficient model, where structural ARCH-type variances serve two purposes: governing the time variation of spillovers and ensuring statistical identification. The model is applied to data of US and further stock markets. Indeed, we find strong nonlinear, volatility-dependent effects. --

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Paper provided by Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association in its series Annual Conference 2013 (Duesseldorf): Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order with number 79903.

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