Discussion paper

DP13325 Volatility Risk Pass-Through

We develop a novel measure of volatility pass-through to assess international propagation of output volatility shocks to macroeconomic aggregates, equity prices, and currencies. An increase in country’s output volatility is associated with a decrease in its output, consumption, and net exports. The average consumption pass-through is 50% (a 1% increase in output volatility increases consumption volatility by 0.5%) and it increases to 70% for shocks originating in smaller countries. The equity volatility pass-through is 90%, whereas the link between volatility of currency and fundamentals is weak. A novel channel of risk sharing of volatility risks can explain our empirical findings.


Colacito, R, M Croce, Y Liu and I Shaliastovich (2018), ‘DP13325 Volatility Risk Pass-Through‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 13325. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp13325