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I would argue that indeed none of the so-called stylized facts you mentioned can be explained by classical economic theory. That there was a gross delta between the predictions of classical economic theory and empirical data was foremost found out by Benoit Mandelbrot as far back as 1963 in his seminal paper: The Variation of Certain Speculative Prices In ...


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I think there is a slight misconception into the purpose of an economic theory. The market is a complex entity to be modeled and yes, it is neither efficient nor arbitrage free but it is trading and there is a price process that corresponds to the market one. You could say that classical economic theory has failed, but I would argue the idea of a theory is ...


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Classical economics cannot "explain" volatility smiles, but neither does it preclude their existence. Economics is far more abstract than financial "quant"modeling and answers very different questions. In the more abstract framework of economics, volatility skew, mean reverting volatility, bubbles, and crashes are all conceivable scenarios. ...



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