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Darien Huang

Research Interests: asset pricing, derivatives markets, commodities markets, financial econometrics

Links: CV, Job Market Paper

Research Experience

   Research Assistant for Franklin Allen and Richard Brealey (LBS), 2011-2012

   Research Assistant for Luke Taylor and Alon Brav (Duke), Spring 2012

   Research Assistant for Itay Goldstein and Luke Taylor Spring, 2011

   Research Assistant for Andrew Metrick (Yale) and Ayako Yasuda (UC Davis), 2005 - 2007

Other Working Papers

Volatility-of-Volatility Risk, with Ivan Shaliastovich

Abstract:  We show time-varying volatility of volatility is a significant risk factor which affects the cross-section and time-series of index and VIX option returns, beyond volatility risk itself.  Volatility and volatility-of-volatility movements are identified model-free from index and VIX options, corresponding to VIX and VVIX indices respectively.  Delta-hedged index and VIX option returns are negative on average, and more negative for strategies more exposed to volatility and volatility-of-volatility risks.  Volatility and volatility of volatility significantly and negatively predict future delta-hedged returns.  The evidence is consistent with a no-arbitrage model featuring time-varying volatility and volatility-of-volatility factors which are negatively priced by investors.

Presentations:  2014 European Finance Association Meeting (Lugano), 2014 OptionMetrics Research Conference (New York), 2014 Asian Meeting of the Econometric Society (Taipei)

Risk Adjustment and the Temporal Resolution of Uncertainty: Evidence from Options Marketswith Ivan Shaliastovich

Abstract:  Risk-neutral probabilities, observable from option prices, combine objective probabilities and risk adjustments across economic states.  We consider a recursive-utility framework to separately identify objective probabilities and risk adjustments using only observed market prices.  We find that a preference for early resolution of uncertainty plays a key role in generating sizeable risk premia to explain the cross-section of risk-neutral and objective probabilities in the data.  Failure to incorporate a preference for the timing of the resolution of uncertainty (e.g., expected utility models) can significantly overstate the implied probability of, and understate risk compensations for, adverse economic states.

Presentations:  2014 Western Finance Association Meeting (Monterey), 2013 European Finance Association Meeting (Cambridge), 2013 Northern Finance Association Meeting (Quebec City), 2013 LBS Trans-Atlantic Doctoral Conference (London), 2013 North American Summer Meeting of the Econometric Society (Los Angeles), 2013 Asian Meeting of the Econometric Society (Singapore), 2013 Midwest Finance Association Meeting (Chicago)


  • Darien Huang (Draft), Gold, Platinum, and Expected Stock Returns (Job Market Paper).  Abstract
  • Darien Huang, Ivan Shaliastovich (Draft), Volatility-of-Volatility Risk.  Abstract
  • Darien Huang, Ivan Shaliastovich (Draft), Risk Adjustment and the Temporal Resolution of Uncertainty: Evidence from Options Markets.  Abstract
  • Darien Huang, Franklin Allen, Jun Qian, Mengxin Zhao (2012), The Initial Public Offering of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, The Frontier State of Economics: IEA XIV World Congress  Abstract