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Economic policy uncertainty shocks and stock–bond correlations: Evidence from the US market

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  • Li, Xiao-Ming
  • Zhang, Bing
  • Gao, Ruzhao

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This paper examines the effects of economic policy uncertainty shocks on stock–bond correlations for the US market. We devise a general framework which distinguishes a positive shock from a negative one and nests either as its special case. The results show that innovations in the policy uncertainty index impact negatively and asymmetrically on the subsequent stock–bond correlations which are characterized by a structural break and positive-type asymmetry.

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  • Li, Xiao-Ming & Zhang, Bing & Gao, Ruzhao, 2015. "Economic policy uncertainty shocks and stock–bond correlations: Evidence from the US market," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 132(C), pages 91-96.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:132:y:2015:i:c:p:91-96
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2015.04.013
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    Keywords

    Policy uncertainty shock; Stock–bond correlation; Asymmetry;

    JEL classification:

    • G1 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets

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