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Dynamics of Biofuel Stock Prices: A Bayesian Approach

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  • Xiaodong Du
  • Dermot J. Hayes
  • Cindy L. Yu

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We use Bayesian Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods to investigate the linkage between the volatility of ethanol security prices and the uncertainty surrounding the profitability of ethanol production and the price variations of non-ethanol energy securities. The joint evolution of return and volatility is modeled as a stochastic process that incorporates jumps in both return and volatility. While a strong and significant correlation is found between the volatility of ethanol securities and profit uncertainty from June 2005 to July 2008, the dynamic pattern of ethanol stock volatility is strikingly similar to that of the S&P 500 energy sector index in the more recent period. Our evidence lends support to the findings in the literature on rational learning from uncertainty in determining the equity price and volatility during the adoption and development of a technological innovation.
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  • Xiaodong Du & Dermot J. Hayes & Cindy L. Yu, 2010. "Dynamics of Biofuel Stock Prices: A Bayesian Approach," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 93(2), pages 418-425.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:93:y:2010:i:2:p:418-425
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    • C11 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Bayesian Analysis: General
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • Q42 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Alternative Energy Sources

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