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The Term Structure of the Price of Variance Risk

Yichuan Wang, Thomas Eisenbach (), Martin Schmalz and Marianne Andries
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Yichuan Wang: University of Michigan

No 1641, 2017 Meeting Papers from Society for Economic Dynamics

Abstract: We estimate the term structure of the price of variance risk (PVR), which helps distinguish between competing asset-pricing theories. First, we measure the PVR as proportional to the Sharpe ratio of short-term holding returns of delta-neutral index straddles; second, we estimate the PVR in a Heston (1993) stochastic-volatility model. In both cases, the estimation is performed separately for different maturities. We find the PVR is negative and decreases in absolute value with maturity; it is more negative and its term structure is steeper when volatility is high. These findings are inconsistent with calibrations of established asset-pricing models that assume constant risk aversion across maturities.

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Date: 2017
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