Why Does Stock Market Volatility Change over Time?
This paper analyzes the relation of stock volatility with real and nominal macroeconomic volatility, economic activity, financial leverage, and stock trading activity using monthly data from 1857 to 1987. An important fact, previously noted by Robert R. Officer (1973), is that stock return variability was unusually high during the 1929-39 Great Depression. While aggregate leverage is significantly correlated with volatility, it explains a relatively small part of the movements in stock volatility. The amplitude of the fluctuations in aggregate stock volatility is difficult to explain using simple models of stock valuation, especially during the Great Depression. Copyright 1989 by American Finance Association.
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Volume (Year): 44 (1989)
Issue (Month): 5 (December)
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