University of Southern California
Marshall School of Business
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Institutional Affiliation: University of Southern California
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|February 2019||Demand for Crash Insurance, Intermediary Constraints, and Risk Premia in Financial Markets|
with Hui Chen, Sophie X. Ni: w25573
We propose a new measure of financial intermediary constraints based on how the intermediaries manage their tail risk exposures. Using data for the trading activities in the market of deep out-of-the-money S&P 500 put options, we identify periods when the variations in the net amount of trading between financial intermediaries and public investors are likely to be mainly driven by shocks to intermediary constraints. We then infer tightness of intermediary constraints from the quantities of option trading during such periods. A tightening of intermediary constraint according to our measure is associated with increasing option expensiveness, higher risk premia for a wide range of financial assets, deterioration in funding liquidity, and broker-dealer deleveraging.
Published: Hui Chen & Scott Joslin & Sophie Xiaoyan Ni, 2019. "Demand for Crash Insurance, Intermediary Constraints, and Risk Premia in Financial Markets," The Review of Financial Studies, vol 32(1), pages 228-265.
|March 2011||Generalized Transform Analysis of Affine Processes and Applications in Finance|
with Hui Chen: w16906
Nonlinearity is an important consideration in many problems of finance and economics, such as pricing securities, computing equilibrium, and conducting structural estimations. We extend the transform analysis in Duffie, Pan, and Singleton (2000) by providing analytical treatment of a general class of nonlinear transforms for processes with tractable conditional characteristic functions. We illustrate the applications of the generalized transform method in pricing contingent claims and solving general equilibrium models with preference shocks, heterogeneous agents, or multiple goods. We also apply the method to a model of time-varying labor income risk and study the implications of stochastic covariance between labor income and dividends for the dynamics of the risk premiums on financial we...
Published: Hui Chen & Scott Joslin, 2012. "Generalized Transform Analysis of Affine Processes and Applications in Finance," Review of Financial Studies, Society for Financial Studies, vol. 25(7), pages 2225-2256. citation courtesy of
|May 2010||Rare Disasters and Risk Sharing with Heterogeneous Beliefs|
with Hui Chen, Ngoc-Khanh Tran: w16035
Although the threat of rare economic disasters can have large effect on asset prices, difficulty in inference regarding both their likelihood and severity provides the potential for disagreements among investors. Such disagreements lead investors to insure each other against the types of disasters each one fears the most. Due to the highly nonlinear relationship between consumption losses in a disaster and the risk premium, a small amount of risk sharing can significantly attenuate the effect that disaster risk has on the equity premium. We characterize the sensitivity of risk premium to wealth distribution analytically. Our model shows that time variation in the wealth distribution and the amount of disagreement across agents can both lead to significant variation in disaster risk premium...
Published: Hui Chen & Scott Joslin & Ngoc-Khanh Tran, 2012. "Rare Disasters and Risk Sharing with Heterogeneous Beliefs," Review of Financial Studies, Society for Financial Studies, vol. 25(7), pages 2189-2224. citation courtesy of