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Author:Assa, Hirbod 

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A staggered pricing approach to modeling speculative storage: implications for commodity price dynamics
This paper embeds a staggered price feature into the standard speculative storage model of Deaton and Laroque (1996). Intermediate goods inventory speculators are added as an additional source of intertemporal linkage, which helps us to replicate the stylized facts of the observed commodity price dynamics. Incorporating this type of friction into the model is motivated by its ability to increase price stickiness which, gives rise to a higher degree of persistence in the first two conditional moments of commodity prices. The structural parameters of our model are estimated by the simulated method of moments using actual prices for four agricultural commodities. Simulated data are then employed to assess the effects of our staggered price approach on the time series properties of commodity prices. Our results lend empirical support to the possibility of staggered prices.
AUTHORS: Assa, Hirbod; Dabbous, Amal; Gospodinov, Nikolay
DATE: 2013-09-01

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Hedging and Pricing in Imperfect Markets under Non-Convexity
This paper proposes a robust approach to hedging and pricing in the presence of market imperfections such as market incompleteness and frictions. The generality of this framework allows us to conduct an in-depth theoretical analysis of hedging strategies for a wide family of risk measures and pricing rules, which are possibly non-convex. The practical implications of our proposed theoretical approach are illustrated with an application on hedging economic risk.
AUTHORS: Assa, Hirbod; Gospodinov, Nikolay
DATE: 2014-08-01

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