Assistant Professor of Finance
Wisconsin School of Business
University of Wisconsin–Madison

5253 Grainger Hall
975 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706-1324

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The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. & M.A. in Finance, 2010 - 2015

KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
B.S. in Management Engineering & Mathematics, 2003 - 2007


Do Rare Events Explain CDX Tranche Spreads?, with Jessica A. Wachter

Option Prices in a Model with Stochastic Disaster Risk, with Jessica A. Wachter

Learning, Slowly Unfolding Disasters, and Asset Prices, with Mohammad Ghaderi and Mete Kilic

Characterizing the Variance Risk Premium: The Role of the Leverage Effect, with Guanglian Hu and Kris Jacobs

Synthetic Options and Implied Volatility for the Corporate Bond Market, with Steven Chen and Hitesh Doshi

Why Do Rational Investors Like Variance at the Peak of a Crisis? A Learning-Based Explanation, with Mohammad Ghaderi and Mete Kilic


Is There a Macro-Announcement Premium?, with Mohammad Ghaderi

Abstract: The conditional return volatility barely drops at macro-announcements. This is at odds with the notion that high announcement returns are a manifestation of a large announcement premium. We show that models with an announcement premium cannot explain the joint patterns of return and volatility over announcement days. Surprisingly, traditional models, which do not feature such a premium, can. Our estimation results based on a statistical setup indicate that the average announcement return is mostly attributable to the monetary policy surprise and pure small-sample components, which do not average out in-sample; the announcement premium is estimated to be small, if any.

Options on Interbank Rates and Implied Disaster Risk, with Hitesh Doshi and Hyung Joo Kim

Abstract: The identification of disaster risk has remained a significant challenge due to the rarity of macroeconomic disasters. We show that the interbank market can help characterize the time variation in disaster risk. We propose a risk-based model in which macroeconomic disasters are likely to coincide with interbank market failure. Using interbank rates and their options, we estimate our model via MLE and filter out the short-run and long-run components of disaster risk. Our estimation results are independent of the stock market and serve as an external validity test of rare disaster models, which are typically calibrated to match stock moments.

Asset Variance Risk and Compound Option Prices, with Hitesh Doshi, Jan Ericsson, and Mathieu Fournier

Abstract: We evaluate the empirical validity of the compound option framework. In a model where corporate securities are options on a firm's assets, option contracts on these can be viewed as options on options, or compound options. We estimate a model with priced asset variance risk and find that it jointly explains the level and time variation of both equity index (SPX) and credit index (CDX) option prices well out-of-sample. This suggests that the two options markets are priced consistently, contrary to recent findings. We show that variance risk is important for establishing pricing consistency between equity, credit, and related derivatives.

CDS-Implied Risk of Economic Catastrophes

Abstract: I develop a tail risk measure that can pinpoint a portion of systematic risk that is catastrophic. Based on the observation that episodes of economic disasters coincide with severe defaults, I define my tail risk measure as the probability that many large firms collectively default. The measure is estimated using the time series, cross section, and term structures of CDS spreads based on a model of joint defaults. Using this, I show that high catastrophic tail risk robustly predicts high future excess returns for various assets. This risk is priced, generating substantial dispersion in the cross section of stock returns.


Do Peso Problems Explain Option Pricing Puzzles?, with Mohammad Ghaderi and Mete Kilic