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Dynamic jump intensities and risk premiums: Evidence from S&P500 returns and options

  • Christoffersen, Peter
  • Jacobs, Kris
  • Ornthanalai, Chayawat

We build a new class of discrete-time models that are relatively easy to estimate using returns and/or options. The distribution of returns is driven by two factors: dynamic volatility and dynamic jump intensity. Each factor has its own risk premium. The models significantly outperform standard models without jumps when estimated on S&P500 returns. We find very strong support for time-varying jump intensities. Compared to the risk premium on dynamic volatility, the risk premium on the dynamic jump intensity has a much larger impact on option prices. We confirm these findings using joint estimation on returns and large option samples.

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Volume (Year): 106 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 447-472

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