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Dynamic industry uncertainty networks and the business cycle

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  • Jozef Barunik
  • Mattia Bevilacqua
  • Robert Faff

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We argue that uncertainty network structures extracted from option prices contain valuable information for business cycles. Classifying U.S. industries according to their contribution to system-related uncertainty across business cycles, we uncover an uncertainty hub role for the communications, industrials and information technology sectors, while shocks to materials, real estate and utilities do not create strong linkages in the network. Moreover, we find that this ex-ante network of uncertainty is a useful predictor of business cycles, especially when it is based on uncertainty hubs. The industry uncertainty network behaves counter-cyclically in that a tighter network tends to associate with future business cycle contractions.

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  • Jozef Barunik & Mattia Bevilacqua & Robert Faff, 2021. "Dynamic industry uncertainty networks and the business cycle," Papers 2101.06957, arXiv.org, revised Mar 2021.
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