Annals of Finance

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 95–133 | Cite as

The skewness risk premium in equilibrium and stock return predictability

Research Article

Abstract

In this study, we investigate the skewness risk premium in the financial market under a general equilibrium setting. Extending the long-run risks (LRR) model proposed by Bansal and Yaron (J Financ 59:1481–1509, 2004) by introducing a stochastic jump intensity for jumps in the LRR factor and the variance of consumption growth rate, we provide an explicit representation for the skewness risk premium, as well as the volatility risk premium, in equilibrium. On the basis of the representation for the skewness risk premium, we propose a possible reason for the empirical facts of time-varying and negative risk-neutral skewness. Moreover, we also provide an equity risk premium representation of a linear factor pricing model with the variance and skewness risk premiums. The empirical results imply that the skewness risk premium, as well as the variance risk premium, has superior predictive power for future aggregate stock market index returns, which are consistent with the theoretical implication derived by our model. Compared with the variance risk premium, the results show that the skewness risk premium plays an independent and essential role for predicting the market index returns.

Keywords

Long-run risks model Epstein–Zin preferences Variance risk premium Skewness risk premium Stock return predictability Stochastic volatility Volatility of volatility Jump intensity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mizuho-DL Financial Technology Co., Ltd.TokyoJapan

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