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Why Are Asset Returns more Volatile During Recessions? A Theoretical Examination

Monique Ebell

No 1554, Econometric Society World Congress 2000 Contributed Papers from Econometric Society

Abstract: During recessions, many macroeconomic variables display higher levels of volatility. We show how introducing an AR(1)-ARCH(1) driving process into the canonical Lucas consumption CAPM framework can account for the empirically observed greater volatility of asset returns during recessions. In particular, agents' joint forecasting of levels and time-varying second moments transforms symmetric-volatility forcing processes into asymmetric- volatility endogenous variables. Moreover, numerical examples show that the model can indeed account for the degree of cyclical variation in both bond and equity return volatilities in the U.S. data. Finally, we argue that the underlying mechanism is not specific to financial markets, and has the potential to account for the greater volatility during recessions of a wide variety of macroeconomic variables.

Date: 2000-08-01
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