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Speculative Behaviour, Regime-Switching, and Stock Market Crashes

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  • Simon van Norden

    (Bank of Canada)

  • Huntley Schaller

    (Carleton University)

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This paper explores two very different models which might account for stock market crashes. A key innovative feature of our paper is that we use the models to show how their implications for stock market crashes may be tested using switching-regression econometrics. We are careful to show that our switching regressions reveal new patterns in the data which go well beyond known stylized facts (such as time-varying volatility, the leverage effect, and mean reversion.) We refer to the first model, which is based on historical accounts of "manias and panics," as a model of speculative behaviour; its key features are that "overvaluation" increases the probability and expected size of a stock market crash. We refer to the second model, in which there are regime switches in epxected dividend growth rates, as a model of switching fundamentals. Our results suggest that both speculative behaviour and news about fundamentals may be needed to explain stock market crashes.

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  • Simon van Norden & Huntley Schaller & ), 1995. "Speculative Behaviour, Regime-Switching, and Stock Market Crashes," Econometrics 9502003, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpem:9502003
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