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What is Certain about Uncertainty?

Danilo Cascaldi-Garcia, Deepa Datta, Thiago Revil T. Ferreira, Olesya Grishchenko, Mohammad Jahan-Parvar, Juan M. Londono, Francesca Loria, Sai Ma, Marius Rodriguez (), John Rogers, Cisil Sarisoy and Ilknur Zer
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No 1294, International Finance Discussion Papers from Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.)

Abstract: Researchers, policymakers, and market participants have become increasingly focused on the effects of uncertainty and risk on financial market and economic outcomes. This paper provides a comprehensive survey of the many existing measures of risk, uncertainty, and volatility. It summarizes what these measures capture, how they are constructed, and their effects, paying particular attention to large uncertainty spikes, such as those appearing concurrently with the outbreak of COVID-19. The measures are divided into three types: (1) news-based, survey- based, and econometric; (2) asset market based; and (3) Knightian uncertainty. While uncertainty has significant real and financial effects and spills over across countries, the size and persistence of these effects depend crucially on the source of uncertainty.

Keywords: global risks; Uncertainty; Volatility; Crises; Economic policy; Monetary policy; Geopolitical risk; Trade policy; Downside risk (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E60 G10 G15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 73
Date: 2020-07-16
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DOI: 10.17016/IFDP.2020.1294

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