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Uncertainty diffusion across commodity markets


While numerous studies investigate volatility transmission across commodity markets, particularly oil and agricultural markets, uncertainty diffusion across commodity markets remains absent from the literature. This circumstance is primarily related to the lack of appropriate measures of commodity price uncertainty, which differs from volatility. This study focuses on measuring commodity price uncertainty and how it is transferred from one commodity market to another. Our contributions are twofold. (i) We construct an aggregate predictability-based measure of uncertainty for each group of commodity markets and different maturities, and (ii) we analyze uncertainty diffusion across different commodity markets using a vector autoregressive model. Our findings clearly demonstrate a bi-causal uncertainty transfer between agriculture, energy, and industrial markets, excluding precious metals markets. Additionally, the industrial commodity market is assumed to be the transmission channel of commodity uncertainty spread, given its close link with global economic activity. Notably, we validate the efficacy of using industrial uncertainty as a proxy for macroeconomic uncertainty. Finally, our confirmation of precious metals' insensitivity to other markets' shocks reinforces its nature as a safe haven.
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hal-03820448 , version 1 (19-10-2022)
hal-03820448 , version 2 (14-12-2022)



Isabelle Cadoret, Jacques Minlend, Tovonony Razafindrabe. Uncertainty diffusion across commodity markets. Applied Economics, 2022, ⟨10.1080/00036846.2022.2129041⟩. ⟨hal-03820448v2⟩
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