Pierre Collin-Dufresne

Explaining Asset Pricing Puzzles Associated with the 1987 Market Crash

Coauthor(s): Luca Benzoni, Robert Goldstein.


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The 1987 market crash was associated with a dramatic and permanent steepening of the implied volatility curve for equity index options, despite minimal changes in aggregate consumption. We explain these events within a general equilibrium framework in which expected endowment growth and economic uncertainty are subject to rare jumps. The arrival of a jump triggers the updating of agents' beliefs about the likelihood of future jumps, which produces a market crash and a permanent shift in option prices. Consumption and dividends remain smooth, and the model is consistent with salient features of individual stock options, equity returns, and interest rates.

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Source: Journal of Financial Economics
Exact Citation:
Collin-Dufresne, Pierre, Luca Benzoni, and Robert Goldstein. "Explaining Asset Pricing Puzzles Associated with the 1987 Market Crash." Journal of Financial Economics 101, no. 3 (September 2011): 552-573.
Volume: 101
Number: 3
Pages: 552-573
Date: 9 2011