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Can time-varying risk of rare disasters explain aggregate stock market volatility?

  • Jessica Wachter

    (University of Pennsylvania)

not allow the probabilities of rare disasters to vary over time. Rather, Gabaix assumes that the degree of the response of dividends to a consumption disaster varies over time; it is this variability that drives volatility in his model. This sharply contrasts with the driving force of stock market volatility in this paper: the changing risk of a rare disaster.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2008 Meeting Papers with number 944.

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