Implied risk aversion and volatility risk premiums

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Since investor risk aversion determines the premium required for bearing risk, a comparison thereof provides evidence of the different structure of risk premium across markets. This article estimates and compares the degree of risk aversion of three actively traded options markets: the S&P 500, Nikkei 225 and KOSPI 200 options markets. The estimated risk aversions is found to follow S&P 500, Nikkei 225 and KOSPI 200 options in descending order, implying that S&P 500 investors require more compensation than other investors for bearing the same risk. To prove this empirically, we examine the effect of risk aversion on volatility risk premium, using delta-hedged gains. Since more risk-averse investors are willing to pay higher premiums for bearing volatility risk, greater risk averseness can result in a severe negative volatility risk premium, which is usually understood as hedging demands against the underlying asset's downward movement. Our findings support the argument that S&P 500 investors with higher risk aversion pay more premiums for hedging volatility risk. © 2012 Taylor & Francis.
Publisher
Chapman & Hall
Issue Date
2012-01
Language
English
Citation

APPLIED FINANCIAL ECONOMICS, v.22, no.1, pp.59 - 70

ISSN
0960-3107
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http://hdl.handle.net/10203/173603
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MT-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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